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Lot 1080: ALFRED DUNHILL, LONDON FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE MAHARAJA OF PATIALA, A RARE BOXED 9K GOLD CIGARETTE LIGHTER WITH FOLD-OUT WATCH
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
ALFRED DUNHILL, LONDON
FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE MAHARAJA OF PATIALA,
A RARE BOXED 9K GOLD CIGARETTE LIGHTER WITH FOLD-OUT TIMEPIECE, serial no. 296
London hallmarked for 1926, of square form with machine engraved rounded sides and back, the base with screw filling plug marked ''DUNHILL UNIQUE LIGHTER'', the base itself with hallmarks and ''PATENT: NO. 143752'' together with ''MADE IN SWITZERLAND'', exposed strike and igniter mechanism to top, the front face of wick protector marked in relief ''DUNHILL'' in gothic script, the reverse with ''REG. NO. 717438'', the front face of the lighter body with a fold-out deco-style rectangular timepiece within an engine-turned frame with pull-piece to top (allowing use as a bedside clock), the signed octagonal movement with 15 jewels, bi-metallic balance wheel and adjusted to 3 positions, the interior of lighter, the frame and the watch all numbered 296; COMPLETE WITH its original manufacturers blue leatherette presentation case with gilt borders, the inside of lid with silk lining signed ''BY APPOINTMENT, ALFRED DUNHILL LTD, LONDON, PARIS, NEW-YORK'', the tray lined in blue velvet and snap closure (closure tab fragile)