Finest Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Silver Hunting Horn Table Lighter. London 1902.
Three sets of hallmarks including engraved ‘Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ld Regent St W.’ Hallmarked mouthpiece, stem and inside the bell. Note that this is almost the height of a hunting horn, NOT the miniature size.
Detachable mouthpiece which holds the wick. Excellent condition throughout.
Weight 128g. Height 7 1/2″ x approx 2″ bell.
More images available. Please note that this is almost the same size as a professional hunting horn. NOT a small version.
CHRONOLOGY – The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co – 1880 – 1898
The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd – from 1898 amalgamated with Garrard & Co – 1952. These table lighters were originally used in British Regimental Military Messes, and this rare type, imitating a Hunting Horn from a Fox or Stag Hunt, at Hunt Dinners and Balls. This example is large, at 7 1/2″ high, and is in excellent condition, with no sign of damage or repair, and no engraving. The lighter body is filled with spirit or lamp oil, and the flame finial holds a wick which is placed inside the body and the finial screw top replaced. In use the wick is lit and remains burning gently, to light your cigar, directly or with a spill.
These formal cigar lighters are still used in Britain at traditional military and naval mess dinners, and in the finest and most elegant of the London gentlemen’s clubs.