Pullman Gallery are proud to present an extensive collection of the 'Aquarium' lighters by Alfred Dunhill. 'Aquarium' lighters were all designed and hand-made from 1950s until the late 1960s by Ben Shillingford (1904-2000), whose unique skills in designing, carving and hand-painting the Perspex panels (known as the 'intaglio' technique) could never be equalled. Upon his retirement, the skills necessary to continue to manufacture the 'Aquarium' lighter could not be found, and production ceased.

No two 'Aquarium' lighters are the same - each is, in its way, a unique work of art. The vast majority, logically, depict aquatic scenes, of either sea-water or fresh-water fish (but never both). A very small number of lighters depict non-aquatic scenes - hunting, horse-racing and aviary subjects in particular. These are highly desirable and collectable.

The 'Aquarium' lighter was made in two sizes, the 'Half-Giant' and the smaller (and somewhat rarer) 'Service' size. They were available in three metal finishes, namely gold-plated, silver-plated and chromium-plated, and all were, of course, fuelled with petrol rather than butane, which came into common usage in the 1960s.

Please see below for a sample of our collection. To view the whole collection please make an appointment with Rachel Kelly - 020 7930 9595 or rachel@pullmangallery.com