Edwardian Silver Hunting Horn Table Lighter
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Silver Hunting Horn Table Lighter. London 1902
Height 7 1/2"
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.
The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co - 1880 - 1898
The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd - from 1898amalgamated with Garrard & Co - 1952These 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 over seven inches 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.