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1950s 'Aquarium' lighters by Alfred Dunhill

An unrivalled line-up of 1950s aquarium–themed lighters by Alfred Dunhill. Colour and condition add to the value of the most desirable of the luxury maker’s classic lighters. Ben Shillingford (1904-2001), the expert engraver responsible for carving out the Perspex using the reverse intaglio technique, launched the design in 1949 and no two lighters were the same – by nature each example was unique, and due to their variety in colour and fish depicted, there really was an agony of choice.

Pullman is widely recognised as holding the largest collection of Aquarium lighters – greater in number than Dunhill’s own archive. Please contact us for prices and availability.

(Shown clockwise from top centre):

Pale green and grey background, in the ‘Half-Giant’ size with chrome-plated hardware, with red, blue and orange fish.

REFERENCE: 3645
Price Code: £££

A pale green colour in the ‘Half-Giant’ size, with a blue and lilac colour to the background and silver-plated hardware, with purple fish.

REFERENCE: 2767
Price Code: £££

A rare, small 'Aquarium' lighter known as the ‘Service size’, with a blue and unusual lilac colour to the background and silver-plated hardware.

REFERENCE: 3646
Price Code: £££

A small 'Aquarium' lighter known as the ‘Service size’, with vivid pink fish and rocks against a blue background, with silver-plated hardware.

REFERENCE: 6023
Price Code: £££

A small 'Aquarium' lighter known as the ‘Service size’, with a green background with brown fish and rocks, with silver-plated hardware.

REFERENCE: 2311
Price Code: ££

Pale green and grey background, in the ‘Half-Giant’ table size with a vivid blue background with black details, and orange fish, with chrome-plated hardware.

REFERENCE: 2720
Price Code: £££


Reference: 3645, 2767, 3646, 6023, 2311, 2720

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