18ct Gold ‘Unique’ A Lighter, by Dunhill, Paris circa 1925
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An extremely rare, solid 18ct gold ‘Unique’ A lighter by Dunhill, Paris circa 1925. The vertical engraved body of the lighter is decorated with an Art Deco border to the top and bottom edge in black and white enamel, with a central geometric motif, (possibly a monogram ‘MM’). Signed ALFRED DUNHILL PARIS to the underside, with hallmarks to the upright of the lift arm. French, circa 1925. Complete with a glazed calfskin Dunhill presentation case.
Height: 2¼ inches (5½ cm)
The ‘Unique’ A was officially catalogued in 1925, although the design was first seen a year earlier. Typical of this model was a more decorative and ornate finish, including applied decorations in gemstones, decorative lacquers, and as in the case of this example, geometric Art Deco patterns in enamel.
The ‘Unique’ A in a variety of finishes is illustrated in ‘The Dunhill Petrol Lighter – A unique Story’ by Blei and Bottoni, London 2004, the definitive reference work on the Dunhill lighter.
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