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by Larry Clayton

This book is an eye-catching tribute to the beautiful and highly-regarded products of The Evans Case Company, both an early leader and the last major American manufacturer of cigarette lighters. Over 750 color photographs, images, and advertisements display many marvelous examples of The Evans Case Company's handiwork. While lighters in their many forms receive the most attention, the company's compacts, perfumers, and handbags are also well displayed. Also included in the text are a history of the company, newspaper articles, catalog pages and advertisements, and patent drawings. Rounding out the presentation, prices are provided in the captions for the items displayed. The prices listed cover objects in both good and mint conditions.
Download The Evans Book: Lighters, Compacts, Perfumers and Handbags (Schiffer Book for Collectors) epub
ISBN: 0764306413
ISBN13: 978-0764306419
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Larry Clayton
Language: English
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (September 30, 1998)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1314 kb
FB2 size: 1866 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 253
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This book seems pretty typical of the collector books I've seen pertaining to cigarette lighters. As the review says, 'This book is an eye-catching tribute...'. Unfortunately, that's all it is; it is completely lacking in any other regard.

It gives prices for the various items. And, of course, prices are subject to change quickly. Add to that the fact that the book was published pre-eBay and the prices have little resemblance to reality today. This is pretty much a fact of life for any book relying on giving values for items - it is dated before it is printed.

I was expecting some serious information about the lighters - given that is the topic of the book and only one brand is covered, is it too much to expect? For all practical purposes, there is none. Nice pictures, descriptive information, and prices. Almost nothing with regard to when the various items were made - certainly a key piece of information for anyone using the book for reference; there are a small number of itmes that are dated - literally you could count them on your fingers. Even basic information such as illustrating and defining the various types of Evans lighters produced and the various model names is not covered! What is the difference between and when were they produced: Evans Roller Bearing, Evans Trig-A-Lite, Evans Spitfire? Were there model names besides Banner, Oval, Supreme, Petite? Where is some in-depth information about the glass enamel art works produced in the form of lighters? The author stuck a bunch of pictures together, attached prices to them and the publisher printed the book with, apparently, no editorial standards.

Now, there are a large number of catalog pages which could be helpful in dating various product models. However, for a larger part of those, no date is given - just the reproduced page, often too small to read the descriptive text on the page. So, even a potentially valuable source of dating information in the book is useless. Was the author too lazy to find out when the catalog pages were produced? What sort of way is that to put a book together?

In the end this is a nice book of pictures that has almost no value for information whatsoever. For it to still be available 13 years after the publication date implies to me that they printed too many to begin with and are still trying to sell them.

As a last word, though, I must add that this book is, unfortunately, as good as most of the other collector type books for lighters because they all fail on the same points: irrevelant prices and a dearth of information of the subject as far as dating itmes is concerned.
Very happy with the book! Evans Case Co. was founded and owned by my great uncle and so it was very interesting to me to see the history of the company in print. Mr. Clayton did an excellent job. The graphics are great! Could not be more satisfied!

Charles M. Burr
Bought this book because I had become interested in collecting lighters but I had no idea what I was seeing or what made some lighters so valuable and others nearly valueless. A very good and interesting review of Evans lighters and what makes them unique. But you will need others to understand any other brand. Still I refer to it often and am glad I purchased it.
Excellent reference with pictures.
good for reference
Vital Beast
he loves this book
Great book in terrific used condition!
I bought this book for the history of the Evans Manufacturing company, and it was a great read. However, I am a collector of Evans compacts, and this book gave that topic only a small amount of space and only covered late '40s and '50s compacts. There are tons from the late '20s and '30s that could have been featured here as well to make the book worthwhile to me. But the book covers lighters really well, and if I choose to start collecting those, I will study this book hard before I make any choices.