Ww2 Prime Minister Winston Churchill 0wned Asprey Silver Cigarette Case For Sale&lt;div style="text-decoration:none" height="27px" valign="middle" face="arial"
&lt;img A Prime MinisterWinston Churchill 'Wartime' 0wned 1939-1940 Presentation Asprey Silver Cigarette CasePresented to him by The Advisory Committeeof which he was Chairman between Sept 1939 and August 1940Please scroll down to view all pictures supplied.This is a once in the lifetime opportunity to possess an item owned by one of the most Famous Statesman of the 20th Century. He is widely regarded as one of the Greatest Wartime Leaders of the 20th Century. He is the Only Prime Minister in History to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature and was also the First person to be made an Honorary Citizen of The United States.This item should be in a Museum, but has found its way onto the Open Market. It should be remembered that this is a 'WW2 Wartime Piece' and therefore gains a substantial significance on other items associated with Winston Churchill. It has been seen by a Leading London sale House and is acknowledged as 'Genuine'.Presented for sale is this Hallmarked English Silver Asprey Silver Cigarette Case which was commissioned and presented to Prime Minister Winston Churchill by The Advisory Committee.The Cigarette Case itself is rectangular in shape measuring approx 4.75 ins by 3.25 ins by 6/8th of an inch thick. It has a plain border with a central raised pattern to both sides. The Case is an Asprey Patent No 21914 which means it has a 'Slide Opening Mechanism'. It is fully hallmarked for 1939 to both sides of the case on the inside with the maker being 'Apreys'. It weighs 180 grams. It is in an excellent condition for its age with only extremely minor marks and the odd very shallow pinhead ding. The elasticated strap which would normally retain the cirgarettes is missingThe engraved 'Citation' to the inside left panel reads;-To P.M.CHURCHILLwith high regardFROM THE ADVISORY COMMITTEEHE SO FAITHFULLY SERVEDSept 1939 - August 1940.It is then followed by eight engraved signatures.Some of these signatures are difficult to read. We believe the left side is Norman Birkett, John W.Morris, George.R.Clark, Arthur Hazlerigg. The right side is a little more difficult, we can only read some. They read Rolf? Ma----------?, W.E? Collinson?, J.J.Mallon, and E.P.Churchill.The History behind this Piece.On the Outbreak of War In September 1939, Winston Churchill was appointed First Lord of The Admiralty One of his duties was to 'Chair' The Advisory Committeeset up by The Home Office. This Committe was 'A Think Tank' bringing together Influencial People to decide on courses of action and report back to the Departments concerned. The Committee got involved in such things as recording details of British Union of Fascists Companies, Financial accounts of the British Union of Fascists, The Metropolitan Police reporting on the accounts at Wesminster Bank in the name of Allen, Dundas, and Tabor. Complaints by Mosley that he was not allowed access to papers before his appeal. They also considered the German Nazi party and how they were trying to influence Germans living in Britain. This interesting list is endless.A Lot of the Committees Documents are now held at The National Archives Dept, Kew, London as treasures associated with WW2Of the names engraved on this piece there is 'Norman Birkett'. He was 1st Baron Birkett. He was a Barrister, a Judge, a Politician, and a Preacher. At the end of the War he served as the Alternate British Judge during the Nuremberg Trials.Another name is Arthur Hazlerigg. In WW2 he achieved the rank of Colonel and won the Military Cross. His role is unknown by us.Another name is J.J.Mallon. He was attached to The Minitry of Information, and the Advisory Committee were instrumental in drawing up the plans for the list of Artists they felt qualified to record the War at home and abroad.Another name is E.P.Churchill (no relation). He was a member of the L.B.G. General Committee in 1937/38 and joined the Advisory Committee with his expertise giving advice for the Ministry of Food.Whilst Winston Churchill was chairing this Committe he was elected 'Prime Minister' in May 1940 thus the inscription. It should also be remembered that the inscription dates are Sept 39 to August 40, thus covering The Battle of Britain which took place between Thursday 1st August 1940 and Saturday 10th August 1940Winston Churchill Memorabilia has a huge following and items which do come onto the open market invariably attract a lot of interest and sell well. A modest Cigarette box associated with Winston Churchills first electoral win in 1900 sold in 2008 at Christies for £4,375 ($8,610) before premium. A signed photograph fetched £2,600 ($3,950) in 2000, but today is worth £5,950 ($9,100). A Havana Cigar given to Churchill at a dinner at the Hotel De Paris in Monte Carlo in 1963 sold for £2,125 ($3250), but that cigar had not been smoked. A half smoked cigar left unfinished due to urgent wartime Cabinet business sold for £4,500 ($6,900). The List is endless.An incredible item listed with a modest reserve which should be reached and surpassed by any genuine collector of Winston Churchill memorabilia. Postage is FREE WorldwideThanks for looking.
&lt;div style="text-decoration:none" On 11-Jul-13 at 20:01:02 BST, seller added the following information:
If not already worked out by potential buyers it would appear that W.E.Collinson is for William Edward Collinson(4 January 1889 – 5 June 1969) who was an eminent Britishlinguistand, from 1914 to 1954, Chair of German at the University of Liverpool. He had a German Wife.
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