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Alfred Dunhill 'Aquarium' table lighter.

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A silver-plated 'Aquarium' table lighter in 'Half-Giant' size, the perspex body enclosing decoration of fish, in pale blue-grey colour, and chrome plated lift-arm marked DUNHILL.



Notes: The ‘Aquarium’ lighters were all designed and hand-made by Ben Shillingford (1904-2000), whose unique skills in designing, carving and hand-painting the Perspex panels could never be equalled. Upon his retirement, the skills necessary to continue to manufacture the ‘Aquarium’ lighter could not be found, and production ceased after only a few short years at the end of the 1950s.

No two ‘Aquarium’ lighters are the same – each is, in its way, a unique work of art. The vast majority, logically, depict aquatic scenes, of either sea-water or fresh-water fish (but never both). A very small number of lighters depict non-aquatic scenes – hunting, horse-racing and aviary subjects in particular.

The ‘Aquarium’ lighter was made in two sizes, the ‘Half-Giant’ and the smaller (and somewhat rarer) ‘Service’ size. They were available in three metal finishes, namely gold-plated, silver-plated and chromium-plated, and all were, of course, fuelled with petrol rather than butane, which came into common usage in the 1960’s.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent original condition, no chips or cracks, in full working order.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.15 in. x W 3.94 in. x D 1.97 in.H 8 cm x W 10 cm x D 5 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    3986
  • Reference Number
    U090424868028
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