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A Second World War Naval Cigarette Case, 1940
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A Second World War Naval Cigarette Case, 1940

Measurements: 12.7cm (5in) x 8.5cm (3.75in)

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Silver and gold. Engine turned rectangular cigarette case, the hinged lid inlaid with a depiction of a Leander-class light cruiser. Maker’s mark of W.T. Toghill & Co., Vyse Street, Brimingham.

In December 1939 two Leander-class light cruisers, Ajax and Achilles, came to the world’s attention for their part in the sinking of the German commerce raider Admiral Graf Spee in the Battle of the River Plate. It was the first British naval success of the war and one that greatly enhanced the reputation of the First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill.
 

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