Vintage Evans Combination Lighter and Cigarette Case Trig-A-Lite Hammered Plated finish with Place for engraved initials.
Manufactured in the 1930's, this Evans case and lighter combination is in amazing condition for its age! No dents or scratches, the spring and clasps work perfectly. The lighter is guaranteed to work when you receive it - just add fluid. The stash place / cigarette case is clean and secure. The cargo area, where the cigarettes (or rolled leaves or your choice) would be stored under the spring, measures 3" long by 2-1/4".
This is a very unique, classy piece of tobacciana. I have seen but a few of these, and none in as good condition. The small plaque built into the case is suitable for engraving three initials; it has not been previously engraved. Would be just as stylish and beautiful for a man or a woman.
The Evans Company first started out as a handbag and accessory manufacturing company, originating from Attleboro, Massachusetts as a novelty company in 1918. However, by the late 1920’s, the company took on a different path and began to manufacture lighters with a “lift arm system”. This system is very similar to the one used by the Alfred Dunhill Company – minus the fact that the flint wheel was located vertically, rather than horizontally. Many lighters were manufactured by the Evans Company with this “lift arm system” with a variety of attractive styles, including enameled cases. In addition, the Evans Company produced complementary cigarette cases and perfume sprays.
Soon after, the “lift arm system” began to lose popularity with the onset of a new lighter system – the Ronson system, which was clearly more user-friendly. Another version of the Ronson system was launched by the Evans Company, called the Trig-A-Lite. However, the Ronson Company noticed the similarities between the two systems and ultimately filed a lawsuit against the Evans Company for copyright issues. The lawsuit continued on for several years, until the Ronson Company finally won and received their settlement from the Evans Company.
Add fuel and it ought to fire right up!
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