Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray
Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray
Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray
Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray
Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray
Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray


Sir Winston Churchill Cigar and Brass Ashtray

c. 1960 England

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A Santa Maria Havana unsmoked Cigar, still in its original aluminium tube, labeled 'supplier to Right Honorable Sir Winston S Churchill' and lined inside in Camphor. Given by Grace Hamblin OBE, Churchill's private secretary, from 1940-1955, to PC Victor Percy in 1961, when as a young police officer. Victor Percy was assigned to provide security for the ex prime minister, with Detective Edmund Murray, at Churchill's Kent home Chartwell in Westerham, from Nov 1961 to July 1962. The heavy brass, 'Churchill Bull Dog' ashtray, stamped De Laune, was given at the same time as the cigar, and dates from the War years. An Associated press photo of Sir Winston puffing on his cigar. He receives a salute from the commander of the port of Beirut as he steps ashore from the Aristotle Onassis's yacht. Assisting Churchill, is his private detective Edmund Murray. April 19th 1962.
Note. Under war time regulations the use of brass for non essential purposes was forbidden, and thus decorative items made from brass during World War 11 are virtually non existent, A small amount of low grade scrap brass was used for such things Ash trays , such as this, and bottle openers.
Cigar in good condition, and cigar tube with minor dents, and rubbing to the printed labels.
A hand written letter from Victor Percy, reads as follows.
To whom it may concern. I joined kent County Constabulary on 21st June 1961, and after training school was transferred to Sittingbourne. On the 14th Nov 1961, I was posted to Chartwell in Kent, where as one of four constables I commenced duty. We were there to provide 24hour security for the Right Hon Winston Churchill. During this time we were under the control of Miss Grace Hamlin, who was private sec to Sir Winston Churchill. During this timeI was assisting Miss Hamlin in the Muniment Room in the basement and because of the help I had provided the household, she gave me a Cuban cigar and a brass ashtray in the shape of a Bulldogs face, which I believe was an un-needed gift to the family sometime previously. Yours Sincerely, Victor percy.
Height 18.00 cm (7.09 inches)
Width 2.00 cm (0.79 inches)
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