Im looking for unique acid etched brass pieces, with enamel inlay called “epone,” and signed “Andy.” The pieces came out of California between the 1970s and the 1990s, and most pieces are dated, as well as numbered. Andy was a unique artisan craftsman,whose real name was Robert Andrus. Andy lived in North Hollywood, Studio City, Laurel Canyon, Carson, Yukaya, Ventura, and Bakersfield/Oildale (which is where he died in 1992).
“And”y made custom zippo lighters for many celebrities, and friends, which he dubbed “Andy’s Underground Pipes,” because the zippos transform into pipes. The mouth piece for the pipe telescopes out from the lid of the Zippo lighter, and the “bowl” to put your weed in, is the Zippo lid as well (Self contained). A “coke spoon” folds up and slides into the bottom of the Zippo on the right hand side, and what looks like a key chain comes off of the Zippo, which has a Roach Clip that unfolds and telescopes out of a piece of brass. The key-chain comes off of the key-chain, in order to pass it around a circle, using a home engineer pull mechanism that Ive never seen before. The Swiss Army Knife of Zippos, if youre a stoner. Each lighter was custom designed for the buyer, and was signed “Andy” with a date, and a unique # for each one. Some of the people who received and owned these lighters are: Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Flip Wilson, Robert Plant, Mick Fleetwood, and many high ranking Outlaw Motorcycle Club members. The lighter shown below was made as a gift for Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead in 1984. As you can see the word Grateful was spelled wrong, so in 1995 Jerry gave it back to have fixed and then passed away a few weeks later. So the lighter was never fixed.
Andy also made custom jewelry boxes / stash boxes, buck knives, belt buckles, pendants for necklaces, etc. Each item is signed “Andy” with a date and a #.
If you have a piece by Andy, know of a piece by Andy, have an image/images of a piece or pieces by Andy, or know more about Andy please let me know.
Jerry Garcia’s “misspelled “Greatful Dead” Zippo Pipe Lighter by “Andy” 1984 #175:
Stash Box by Andy signed 1990, no # – complete custom:
Custom Zippo made for a Jiro Nakagawa