May sales diary Smokin’ lots!

An­tiques & Col­lecta­bles Cheshire Life: May 2019

Cheshire Life - - Homes & Interiors - Byrne’s, Ch­ester – 9:

Smok­ing may be dy­ing out (lit­er­ally) but col­lect­ing ‘smokiana’ – a term coined to cover the ac­cou­trements of the habit – con­tin­ues to thrive, with the mar­ket for vin­tage lighters by top peo­ple’s to­bac­conist and lux­ury goods re­tailer Al­fred Dun­hill par­tic­u­larly fired up. At the top of most wish lists are the Aquar­ium ta­ble lighters pro­duced in the 1950s in which vividly coloured ex­otic fish ap­pear to be swim­ming in three-di­men­sional set­tings. Many were pro­duced by the artist Ben Shilling­ford who achieved the ef­fect by carv­ing the Per­spex bod­ies of the lighters in re­verse on the in­side, a prac­tice known as in­taglio carv­ing. The lighters are rare. They were pro­duced for about 10 years, but Mac­cles­field auc­tion­eers Adam Par­tridge of­fered this ex­am­ple with its match­ing satin wal­nut cig­a­rette box, re­ward­ing their owner with a win­ning bid of £6,000.

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