Silver cigarette lighter/case
Lot 1137
A scarce Dunhill combination cigarette case and 'Unique' lighter by Bando
Sold for £864 (US$ 1,452) inc. premium
Lot Details
A scarce Dunhill combination cigarette case and 'Unique' lighter by Bando
Silver, of cut corner rectangular form with engine turned decoration, hinged lighter cover with gilded interior, removable lighter, the cigarette case hinged to the long side with gilded interior and signed to one corner 'Bando', hallmarked for London, 1939, with A.D. diamond mark for Alfred Dunhill and engraved to inner surface of finger piece edge 'Dunhill, London', 105 x 78 x 11mm.


  • The name Bando first appeared in a Dunhill catalogue as early as 1919 and Alfred Dunhill referred to Bando as follows "These superb cases are the work of the renowned master craftsman in precious metal, Matteo Cellini, known familiarly to his fellow workmen as 'Bando'. In beauty of design and perfection of craftsmanship they rival the famous craftsmen of old. Each bears the signature of the artist-craftsman, 'Bando'."

    It appears that Cellini must have been an 'immortal worker', with pieces known as late as 1965 bearing his signature, therefore, it is more likely that the name 'Bando' was used as a brand for Dunhill's high quality productions, produced by a handful of highly skilled craftsmen.

Saleroom notices

  • Reference: The Dunhill Petrol Lighter. A Unique Story. By Luciano Bottoni & Davide Blei. Published by Unique SRL.