Got a Light?
A MAN SHOULD HAVE AN OCCUPATION OF SOME KIND, AS LADY BRACKNELL SAID, AND DUNHILL MADE THE BEST EQUIPMENT FOR THE BUSINESS OF SMOKING.
By David Meagher | WISH Magazine | News | October 2016
If you must smoke, you should at least look good doing it. While
that might seem like a contradiction to some, consider the
gentlemanly accoutrements that once went with the filthy habit:
the velvet smoking jackets, the chic cigarette cases, the stylish
ashtrays – and let’s not forget that every fashionable man needs
a quality lighter. But 35 quality lighters? That’s more than an
accessory, it’s an obsession.
Later this month a collection of 35 vintage Dunhill lighters will
go under the hammer at Shapiro Auctioneers. The lighters have
been acquired over decades by a private Australian collector
and carry pre-auction estimates of $800 to $15,000. According
to Andrew Shapiro, managing director of Shapiro Auctioneers,
the collection of Dunhill lighters is thought to be the largest single
owner collection to ever come on to the market.
The collection, which is part of Shapiro’s Fine Jewellery and
Luxury Design sale on October 25, also includes the same
owner’s smaller assortment of lighters from Cartier and Asprey
as well as a floor-stand Dunhill humidor and 22 vintage Rolex
watches. Most of the Dunhill lighters are in 9kt gold and all of
them are in working order.
Dunhill was founded by Alfred Dunhill in 1893 in London
after he inherited his father’s saddlery business. Dunhill soon
started focusing on accessories for the burgeoning automobile
industry under the banner of “Everything But The Motor” and
quickly earned a reputation for luxury goods.
In 1907 Dunhill opened a tobacconist and pipe shop on
Duke Street and along with that came an expertise in lighters.
The company created many innovations in lighters such as flame
protectors to guard against the wind and lighters that could
be lit with one hand. Other Dunhill specialities included lighters
with timepieces built into the body or hidden compartments to
store a gym locker key. This collection includes many signature
designs including one of the famous Aquarium models made
from lucite carved from inside and painted.
FINE JEWELLERY AND LUXURY DESIGN
Auction | Tuesday 25 October
On View | Sat 15 - Tue 25 Oct, 11am - 5pm
162 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW
Catalogue | online