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DUNHILL Aquarium Lighter

CHF 3,550


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.


Brand Dunhill
Model Aquarium
Serial  737418
Year 1950s
Features Unique design, big size
Box/Papers no box, no papers


Very good condition, minor surface scuffs through the age. Minor flecking off of the painting on one side (visible only at certain angles). The lucite has no chips or cracks. The metal mounts could easily be cleaned up but we opted to leave it exactly as we found it. Looks like it would work well, but we have not filled or tested it. See photos.


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