Q: I have had an old table cigarette lighter for about 30 years. It was old when I got it. It appears to be silver-plate but it’s heavy. It’s in the shape of a cornucopia with the lighter at the top of the basket. There’s no mark on it. Can you identify and price it?
A: The Evans Case Co. of North Attleborough, Mass., made an unmarked silver-plated cornucopia table lighter like the one you describe. Evans was in business from 1922 to 1960, but table lighters were at their height of popularity in the 1930s and ’40s. That’s probably when yours was made. Other silver-tone cornucopia table lighters were made in Japan after World War II, but they’re marked “Made in Occupied Japan.” The irony is that both the Evans and Occupied Japan lighters sell for about $50 today.