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Super Rare 1950s Original Dunhill Aquarium Table Lighter Handmade in England



We are delighted to offer for sale is this very rare original 1950s handmade in England Dunhill Aquarium table lighter I have another of these listed on my other items, its classed as the giant and is in museum condition This piece is exceptionally rare, it has the oversized silverfish on one side and three small fish with extra foliage on the other Ben Shillingford (1904-2000) worked for Dunhill in the 1950s and perfected the art of carving and painting Lucite panels to resemble miniature aquariums, these panels were then applied to the lighter bodies in four sections. Upon his retirement, his workmanship could not be equalled, and the skills necessary to continue to manufacture the aquarium lighter couldn't be found, hence production ceased. Today these exquisite aquarium lighters have become highly prized, collected and revered throughout the world. I have left in original condition, unrestored just as you wish to find them, Needs fuel and a new flint. One side panel is a little loose and has a very small crack at the bottom, some of the painting has flecked off on this side Dimensions Height 14.5cm Width 9.5cm Depth 2.3cm A good looking and well-made piece, the condition is good for the period, structurally free from any damage This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses. Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.


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