An Edwardian novelty silver De Dion- Bouton Motor Car Table Lighter and Box.
An Edwardian Table Lighter and Box in the form of an automobile – a De Dion-Bouton type Q – London 1903, by Peake and Company overstamping another. Probably retailed by Clark of Bond Street.
One seat slides to open the oil reservoir, the wick is revealed below the handle of the front lamp, and the rear compartment opens with a gilt interior. The central head lamp has a crystal lens.
See also a very similar model of the car as an inkwell by Clark, London 1903. [Stock reference O3686 on this website and illustrated beside this car in some images].
A silver combined cigar box and table lighter in the form of a motor car of the same period as this inkwell but lacking a date letter was sold at Sotheby’s Belgravia 27/07/1978, lot 333 and is engraved with the retailer’s name ‘Clark, 33, New Bond St.’ and marked in London by Hukin and Heath with a pattern number 18477.
Good. Minor surface marking. Signs of restoration to one enamel number plate. The ‘walking’ stick dipper for the lighter apparently unmarked. A flaw or internal blemish to the lens of the front headlight.
Height – 7.70 cm.; Length – 14.10 cm.; Weight – 430 gms.