Very Rare Silver Mounted Tinder Lighter

Ref: 25

Price: £15,000

Maker: John Lawrence (Johann Lorentz) Kolbe

Date: circa 1745

Queen Anne style with brass three stage canon barrel engraved with arcanthus foliage, the upper half of which is hinged on the left hand side and opened by backward pressure on trigger to reveal a hinged brass tube holding the automatically lit taper. Engraved inset brass tang, brass action inscribed ‘KOLBE’ below the steel spring. Plain brass trigger guard figured walnut butt carved in relief with shells around tang. Silver foliate side plate, cast and chased silver escutcheon with silver grotesque mask butt cap, in the form of a lions head with main.