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The 'Joseph Lucas' lighter by Dunhill, 1950s
Alfred Dunhill, ‘The Joseph Lucas’ lighter.
A historically interesting collaboration from the 1950s between Alfred Dunhill and Joseph Lucas Ltd, the well-known British manufacturer of lighting and components for the automotive and aeronautical industries.
A variation on the ‘Aquarium’, this table lighter was made using Perspex that was moulded rather than hand-carved – the technique characteristic of the aquatic examples. Stamped to the lift-arm, Reg. No. 737418, and to the base PLASTIC AND STYLING BY JOSEPH LUCAS LTD BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND, and featuring a rampant lion insignia against a teal-coloured ground to the centre.
Lucas were widely believed to have been the suppliers of Perspex to Dunhill at the time, and these lighters were made in limited numbers as presentation pieces to clients and friends of the company.
In a bespoke, fitted Dunhill presentation case.
Length: 4 inches (10 cm).
Illustrated: ‘The Dunhill Petrol Lighter – A Unique Story’ by Blei & Bottoni, p.236