Dunhill Sabre Jet Fighter, 1954

The Dunhill 'Jet Plane' Lighter is depicting the famous North American Aviation F-86 Sabre a transonic jet fighter aircraft. The  Sabrejet set its first official world speed record of 570 mph (920 km/h) in September 1948. Six years later in 1954 in England this heavy Dunhill figural lighter was manufactured. The production ceased in 1961.

The table lighter was available in polished chrome and also black lacquered.  It ignites automatically when the button in the engine intake at the front is pushed – then the canopy opens and exposes the flame. Very efficient and solid mechanism – works at every single try. The base is padded with green felt. Below a drawing of the Sabre F-86.

The Dunhill Sabre Jet is also known under other names like: Dunhill Jet Plane Lighter or Dunhill Airplane (Aeroplane) Table Lighter or just Dunhill Jet Fighter.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Marked on the underside of the base:
REG. DES. APPL. NO. 872899

Scarcity: rare

Value for good–mint condition: $240.00–450.00 (approx €115.00–350.00)

Weight: 580 grams (1,28 pounds)

  • height: 8.3 cm (3.3")
  • width: 14.9 cm (5.9")
  • length: 16.1 cm (6.3")


Anonymous said...

Great information.
I am a collectables/antiques trader and have one of these but it needs a new wick.
Does anyone know where I can get one? Or someone who can supply/fit it?
Many thanks
David Williamson
EMail kokomocurios@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have just purchased wicks, flints and petrol from Jim Ingram Vending. 83 Tankerton Road, Whitstable Kent CT5 2AH, U.K. Tel 01227 263114, fax 01227 277706. One of the old fashioned tobaconists left I am afraid. He was most helpful My Sabre Jet lighter is now fully funtional again,

Anonymous said...

I have this table lighter but its in a matt chrome finish, is this more collectable than the polished chrome one?

Anonymous said...

hi i have a dunhill sabre jet lighter for sale in mint condition its for sale £150 im in leeds england 01132777554 if anybody interested call me cheers alex

David said...

I have one of these lighters. Although it works perfectly well the chrome is in bad condition and needs to be redone. I would like to sell the lighter and am open to offers.

Unknown said...

I have one for sale. Mint condition. £200. Will ship worldwide.
Please email me. simonjamesdebay@gmail.com

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