Rare and beautiful half giant Dunhill lucite/perspex silver plated ‘Aquarium’ table lighter, made circa 1950s by Ben Shillingford. This particular lighter features a gorgeously hand painted aquarium scene with silver and red fish and a wide variety of sea plants, all against a lovely shades of green and blue. The lift arm up top is signed Dunhill and engraved registration number ‘737418’. The lighter is marked ‘Made in England’ on the underside.
All famous and highly collectable Dunhill Aquarium Lighters were created by Ben Shillingfold (1904 – 2000). He commenced to work for Dunhill in the late 1940s as a Master Engraver. The ‘Aquarium’ Collection was launched in 1949 and it ceased at the end of the 1950s following Ben Shillingford’s retirement, simply because his mastery could never be equalled. No two Aquarium Lighters are the same, each and every piece was uniquely hand-made, carved, painted and assembled by Ben Shillingford himself.