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    Posted 10 years ago

    nanayvonne
    (3 items)

    Found this lighter amonst father in laws collection of stuff after he passed away. Mom in law curious about its age and woth.
    Thank you
    Yvonne Reeves
    Brownwood,Texas

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    1. shottims shottims, 10 years ago
      They just talked about this on Pawn Stars. If it WWII it's worth about $200.00. Looks like it's the real deal, and in great condition.
    2. L Lamb, 10 years ago
      This lighter was made in Austria by Imco for the armed forces and there should not be any brand or id marks on it as they didnt want anyone knowing who and where it was made, branding came in after the war and it was called an Imco Everlast
    3. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 10 years ago
      The things you learn on here ! I think it's GREAT. thank you I. Lamb..........
    4. SerbianSpark, 8 years ago
      Hello all.
      I am sorry but I have to make some corrections here. I know it is old topic but I have to reply for the truth.
      Fact is this is NOT a WWII lighter but a cheap replica of between WW's period Austrian IMCO cigarette lighter. The reason why there are no markings has to do with this fact, not with revealing brand or origin. It has few very obvious details showing it is a cheap copy: (1) rivets holding the snuffer cap to the windscreen (different on original lighter), (2) flint wheel shaft is ordinary screw and IMCO never used screws for shafts, (3) flint spring that has to be pulled in order to insert new flint is very different then on the original IMCO etc.
      It is hard to confirm (as with all copies) but guess is it's made in China 20-30 years ago. There are lot of these lighters selling all over the world. Even novice collector would not pay more then $10 for the piece, but layman can be tricked with the patina and general look and pay for it as it is the original IMCO.
      Original lighter was never named IMCO Everlast but only IMCO ("Patent No. 105107" and "Made in Austria" written on each side of the flint tube). Maybe you thought about Neverfail but that is another story.
      Sorry to disappoint you nanayvonne and others but these are the facts. I just thought to write this because of future readers and visitors. And sorry for my English, it is not my first language.
      Stay well.
    5. AzTom AzTom, 8 years ago
      Thanks for posting SerbianSpark. Seeing that philips head screw does wave a red flag.
      You obviously know your lighters and posts like this is how we all learn.

      It would be nice to see some of your collection if you have one.
    6. SerbianSpark, 8 years ago
      Thank you for reading, AzTom. I would say I am a average collector with special interest in IMCO lighters. Maybe I could post some from my collection, you are right.
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      @ SerbianSpark, As AzTom stated, seeing some of your collection would be fantastic, looking forward to seeing them.
    8. SerbianSpark, 8 years ago
      Hi Kerry10456.
      I can not refuse showing my lighters if someone is interested :) Check my post, it is about the IMCO we talked about.
    9. SerbianSpark, 8 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/98275-imco-ifa-105107-pocket-cigarette-lighter

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