Evans & Napier, American Eagle, 1950

The Napier Company is considered to be the oldest fashion jewelery manufacturer in the United States. The Napier's history can be tracked back to 1875 though the name 'Napier Company' was adopted in 1922 and since than the mark Napier in block has been used till its takeover by Victoria & Co in the late 1980's. The Napier company was finally closed by Victoria & Co in 1999.

Napier cooperated with Evans in the 1940's and 1950's. They made together very fine examples of modern craftsmanship. One of its creation is the American Eagle manufactured in the 1950. Evans provided the lighter fitment which is gold-plated and Napier Co. made its shelter in the shape of an egg. On the top of it the American Eagle is sitting. The Eagle is used as a handle for opening the lid of the egg which reveals a concealed Evans wick lighter.

The brushed gold plate finish looks and feels good and durable. An interesting collectors' item made with taste. This lighter was also available in different shapes (ball, apple) and handles. The base is marked NAPIER, there is also a sticker GOLD PLATE.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for good–mint condition: $55.00–100.00 (approx €40.00–75.00)

Weight: 240 grams (0,53 pounds)

  • height: 9.5 cm (3.7")
  • width: 7.0 cm (2.75")
  • depth: 7.0 cm (2.75")


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