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Novelty Airmen lighters, 1930s

Two examples of novelty table lighters in the form of Second World War airmen, in period flight suits with caps and goggles, holding gloves in the right hand and each with a two bladed propeller in their left. The heads are hinged to reveal functioning period lighters, removable for filling.

The example on the left, stands on a deep sôcle set on an ebonized wooden plinth, the front is engraved ‘Presented to F. Dawson-Paul on completion of 1000 hours Instruction from his first 19 'A Licence' Pupils, 3.9.1939’. This table lighter was presented to Sub-Lt Francis Dawson-Paul (1916 – 1940) of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, in 1939. Dawson-Paul initially served with the R.A.F from 1934 to 1937 and joined the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm but was seconded back to the R.A.F. to fly Spitfires during the Battle of Britain, serving with No.64 Squadron at Kenley. In July 1940 Dawson-Paul was shot down and subsequently died of his wounds, but not before he was recognised as the first Naval Air Ace of the Battle, and the highest scoring Naval Spitfire Ace of the War. He was buried in Hardinghen churchyard in France. This piece was presented to him on 3rd September 1939, the day Britain declared War. Height: 12 inches (30 cm).

The example on the right, the dark-patinated body of this design stands on a tapered oak plinth with silver plaque engraved ‘PRESENTED TO O.A. NICKLOUS FROM HIS FINCHLEY COLLEAGUES’. Height: 11 inches (28 cm).

Both examples, English, circa late 1930s.

Available individually.

Price Code: ££

Reference: 6451, 6475

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