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Very Rare Vintage Dunhill Giant Aquarium Fish Table Lighter R129-1

Regular price $10,000.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $10,000.00 USD
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This lighter is in original condition. Crafted with a beautiful contrast of dark and light tones giving a shadowed appearance. There are no chips or cracking in the lurex. The metal shows significant signs of age and wear. The dark shading on this piece makes it a rare find and a beautiful example of the expertise of Ben Shillingford. See photos for more information

Possibly the greatest lighters ever made:

Dunhill’s 1950's Mid Century Aquarium range are among the most sought and coveted across the globe. The staggering ingeniousness and complexity of composition of each Dunhill Aquarium lighter is a unique story. Sir Winston Churchill was a stalwart client of Dunhill and is known to have gifted a similar lighter to the First Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1949.

Ben Shillingford (1904 - 2000) was the Creator of the Dunhill Aquarium Lighters. 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 equaled.  Once Shillingford died, no more were made. In fact , the secret of how he made them, died with him. No two Aquarium Lighters are the same, each and every piece was uniquely hand-made, carved, painted and assembled by Ben Shillingford himself. 'Aquarium' Lighters were made in four different sizes, namely the 'Giant', the 'Half-Giant', the 'Standard' and the 'Service' with three kinds of metal finishes available: gold-plated, silver-plated, and chromium-plated.  Today these exquisite aquarium lighters have become highly prized, collected and revered throughout the world.

This lighter is in original condition. Crafted with a beautiful contrast of dark and light tones giving a shadowed appearance. The dark shading on this piece makes it a rare find and a beautiful example of the expertise of Ben Shillingford. There are no chips or cracking in the Lurex. The metal shows significant signs of age and consistent use.
 
DETAILS:
  • DUNHILL LIGHTER
  • Creator: Ben Shillingford
  • Collection: Aquarium
  • Size: Giant 
  • Dimensions: width 4" (10cm) x depth 2" (5.08cm) x height 3" (7.62 cm) 
  • Weight: 1 lb. (453 gr)
Condition: This lighter is in original condition. Crafted with a beautiful contrast of dark and light tones giving a shadowed appearance. There are no chips or cracking in the lurex. The metal shows significant signs of age and wear. The dark shading on this piece makes it a rare find and a beautiful example of the expertise of Ben Shillingford. See photos for more information.

Dimensions:
Length: 4 in"
Width: 2 in"
Height: 3 in"

Condition: Used

Pick up location: 20817