Rare by Oulton

Vintage Silver-Plated Dunhill Sea Snake Aquarium Lighter

$ 11,200
  • Product Notes

    During the early post-war period lucite was eagerly sought and widely used by artists, designers and joailliers thanks to its plasticity. These miniature aquariums were created by using carved and painted lucite panels, these panels would be assembled and applied to the body of a lighter in four sections. Ben Shillingfold (1904 - 2000) was the Creator of the Dunhill Aquarium Lighters. He commenced to work for Dunhill in the late 1940s as a Master Engraver. The 'Aquarium' Collection was launched in 1949 and it ceased at the end of the 1950s following Ben Shillingford's retirement, simply because his mastery could never be equalled. No two Aquarium Lighters are the same, each and every piece was uniquely hand-made, carved, painted and assembled by Ben Shillingford himself. The vast majority depict fish and various aquatic scenes, however, other subjects such as ships, birds and hunting scenes were produced in very small numbers. 'Aquarium' Lighters were made in four different sizes, namely the 'Giant', the 'Half-Giant', the 'Standard' and the 'Service' with three kinds of metal finishes available: gold-plated, silver-plated, and chromium-plated


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  • Size Notes
    Length 10cm x Width 5cm x Height 8cm
  • Materials and Care Notes
    Lucite, Metal, Silver-plated
  • Delivery & returns

    This product is in the Hong Kong. It will be dispatched in 4-6 working days.


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The Story

Rare by Oulton is - perhaps appropriately - itself something of a rarity. There are very few contemporary brands who are able to curate the luxury of the past for the gentleman of the present so seamlessly or so sophisticatedly. Founded by a father-and-son duo with a passion for antiques from a bygone era of fine-de-siecle elegance, the brand has an unparalleled eye for past treasures, and an uncanny ability to make them relevant to the needs of the modern man. The brand specialises in early-century Louis Vuitton travel cases and intricately decorated Dunhill lighters, but it is also constantly scouring the globe for eclectic and specialist items that comply with its strict standards on authenticity and rarity.



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