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Cigar lighter: M.4-1989

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Scott, Digby, silversmith
Silversmith: Smith, Benjamin II, silversmith




Silver-gilt cigar lighter in the shape of an Antique lamp

Silver-gilt; the heavy gauge of metal with embossed, chased and cast ornament. Standing on a low circular foot, the lower part of the body is decorated with two bands of gadroons, one radiating from the foot, the other just beneath the shoulder. The flat circular top has a rope border round the mouth, then borders of vines, beads and gadroons. The circular dished pull-off lid has a separate cover of acanthus foliage, which radiates from the cone-shaped finial, both of which are attached to the lid by means of a nut (replacement for the original). The handle is cast in the shape of a serpent, which is reeded and crossed by five girdles. It terminates in a scaly loop. A chain is attached to the top of the serpent's head and the top of the finial.


History note: Unknown before E. & C. Koopman & Son Ltd., London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Rylands Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Height: 6½ in
Weight: 290 g
Weight: 10 : 10 oz : dwt
Width: 15.1 cm
Width: 6 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1989-07-24) by E. & C. Koopman & Son Ltd.


19th Century, Early#
George III
1803 CE - 1804 CE


Benjamin Smith II and Digby Scott registered their mark in 1802, from an address in Limekiln Lane, Greenwich.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of gilt (gold)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting : Silver-gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'DS' over 'BS'

  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the underside of both the base and the lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: H
  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: monarch's head

  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1989
Primary reference Number: 119272
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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