Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for auction is this very rare original 1950’s hand made 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 silver fish on one side and three small fish with extra foliage on the other
Ben Shillingford (1904-2000) worked for Dunhill in the 1950’s 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
There are multiple high definition super-sized pictures at the bottom of this page
A good looking and well made piece, the condition is good for the period, structurally free from any damage
Any questions please feel free to ask before you bid
Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text
We accept payment via card at the warehouse on the day of collection, PayPal or bacs prior to collection We would kindly ask that all items are paid for within 48 hours and collected within 7 working days, we can hold all paid items for 14 days free of charge, there after a £10 a week storage fee will apply for the first two weeks
Please ask before purchase should you wish us to hold something for longer than two weeks, if after three months your item isn’t collected you will forfeit your payment and the item will be placed for sale again
Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition
Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed
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