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Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for auction is this very rare original 1950’s hand made in England oversized Dunhill Aquarium table lighter

I have another four of these at this size and one small on listed on my other items

They are all exceptionally rare, each piece is a one off hand made item that will never be replicated again, the condition report for each lighter is listed below however I have taken very detailed pictures for you. None of these lighters are in working order, all need fuel and possibly a flint, there after they will work perfectly. For international customers these lighters have to be posted by sea freight which is tracked and signed for but takes a little longer, they aren’t allow to be posted by air due to the risk of explosion with the pressure 

Ben Shillingford (1904-2000) worked for Dunhill in the 1950’s and perfected the art of carving and painting lucite panels to resemble miniature aquariums, these panels were then applied to the lighter bodies in four sections. Upon his retirement, his workmanship could not be equalled, and the skills necessary to continue to manufacture the aquarium lighter couldn’t be found, hence production ceased.

Today these exquisite aquarium lighters have become highly prized, collected and revered throughout the world.

I have left them all in original condition, unrestored just as you wish to find them

This one has a rather lovely deep sea scene which has the open water colour as apposed to the blue shallow water colour, the chrome work is well worn all over which I love as it shows the age, I can have it rechromed should the new owner wish, the only other point to note is one of the side panels in the top right corner looks to have a very small internal little crack, hard to see unless its in the right light, the paint looks stunning, it has a very textured look and feel to it which I’ve not seen before 


Height:- 7.5cm

Width:- 10cm

Depth:- 5cm

There are multiple high definition super-sized pictures at the bottom of this page

A good looking and well made piece, the condition is good for the period, structurally free from any damage

Any questions please feel free to ask before you bid   



Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text  



We accept payment via card at the warehouse on the day of collection, PayPal or bacs prior to collection We would kindly ask that all items are paid for within 48 hours and collected within 7 working days, we can hold all paid items for 14 days free of charge, there after a £10 a week storage fee will apply for the first two weeks

Please ask before purchase should you wish us to hold something for longer than two weeks, if after three months your item isn’t collected you will forfeit your payment and the item will be placed for sale again  



Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition

Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed

Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade   


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