Alfred Dunhill Ltd was founded in London in 1893 as a motoring accessories business.
In the 1900s, the company expanded into luxury tobacco goods. As cigarette smoking took off in the 1920s and ’30s, Dunhill became one of the most famous names in the field, opening shops in Paris, New York and Toronto and expanding into menswear, toiletries and other areas, but it is with smoking accessories that the firm is most notably associated.
Dunhill was particularly known for lighters, most famously the Unique lighter, launched in the early 1920s with the slogan ‘The lighter that changed public opinion’. Coming in various designs, the Unique could be operated with one hand; its design lessened the risk of petrol evaporation and it rarely needed filling. Dunhill also developed the first butane gas powered lighter.
Dunhill began manufacturing cigarettes in 1963. more...In 1967, Carreras Tobacco Company acquired a 51% interest in the company, and the company is currently owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, a Swiss based luxury goods manufacturer whose brands include Baume & Mercier (watches) Cartier (jewellery and watches) IWC (watches), Montblanc (pens), Piaget (watches and jewellery)
Alfred Dunhill have retail emporiums for men in the major cities of London, Shanghai and Tokyo, and Hong Kong, referred to as the 'Homes of Alfred Dunhill'. As well being a retail outlet for Dunhill goods, these 'Homes' offer a range of services including a bespoke tailoring service, barber’s shop, fine wine cellars, bar or restaurant, screening room, and spa.
Dunhill's current product range includes men's luxury leather goods, writing implements, lighters, timepieces, fragrances and clothing.
A pair of gold and diamond cufflinks, textured figure 8 design, estimated weight of twelve brilliant cut diamonds, 0.36 carats. 18ct yellow gold. Weight 22.11 grams. Length 2.2 cm. In fitted box for Alfred Dunhill, London
A Dunhill pipe lighter and a sterling silver vesta case, circa 1930 England, an engine turned lift arm petrol pipe lighter, patent number 390107; and, 1904 Chester, with maker's marks for John Millward Banks, a plain hinged top vesta case monogrammed C.M;
A Dunhill gold wristwatch, manual wind movement, octagonal lozenge shaped cream dial with Arabic numerals, signed case, dial and movement, 18ct gold case and buckle, original black alligator print leather bands, limited edition 69 of 250, case length 35mm.
Dunhill two cigarette lighters one 18ct three-tone gold Dunhill lighter, stamped '750 830 Al', together with one 9ct yellow gold cased Dunhill lighter with engine turned finish, stamped '375 Made in England' (2)
A Dunhill Namiki cigarette case by Murata Senzan in simulated Nasihji and Maki-e lacquer finish techniques, the subject of gold fish swimming amongst water weeds. Signed, in original presentation case. Height 8.5 cm. Width 11.5 cm
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