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The oral tradition of this piece is that it spent the first portion of its life, at 10 Downing Street, during, and just after the war. The caddy was gifted to Mrs Skitt, cook at Downing street, by Sir Winston & Lady Churchill. Although we have discussed the provenance with representatives of Chartwell and the Winston Churchill archives, we have been unable to definitively confirm the provenance. However, Mrs Skitt is obviously linked to the Churchills and the Edens and therefore the truth of the story that has been passed down the family through oral tradition is most feasible. Mrs Rosie Skitt was in service to Queen Mary before taking a post with Sir Winston & Lady Churchill, as cook at 10 Downing Street, with the formidable Georgina Landemare. She is mentioned in the memoirs of both Lady Mary Soames and Clarissa Eden, wife of Sir Anthony Eden. In 1976 a letter to Mrs Skitt, from Queen Mary, was sold at Sotherbys. This item was the property of a gentleman whose family lineage links him to Mrs Skitt. The gentleman has the relevant wills to prove ownership.
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Width||12.00 cm||(4.72 inches)|
|Depth||12.00 cm||(4.72 inches)|