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Alfred Dunhill ‘Aquarium’ cigar box, 1950s

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Reference: 6388, 2321

Alfred Dunhill, London

A pair of underwater treasures in the form of an extremely scarce ‘Aquarium‘ cigar box made by Ben Shillingford for Dunhill, circa 1950, with an ensuite lighter (Ref 2321). The sides of the box are in dark honey-coloured satinwood veneers, and inlaid to the top is a large Perspex panel, carved using the intaglio technique, illustrating four tropical fish in an aquatic scene, with detailed rocks and reeds. The cedar lined interior has the original label ‘Dunhill London Made in England‘ fitted to the lid.

Length of lighter: 4 inches (10 cm)
Size of box: 9 x 5 x 4 inches (23 x 13 x 10 cm)

Cigar boxes with ‘Aquarium’ panels are super-scarce, and the most famous example being a humidor commissioned by Sir Bernard and Lady Docker, and gifted to Sir. Winston Churchill for his desk at Chartwell Manor.

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