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Naval and Military ‘In and Out Club’ London Blitz Ashtray, 1958
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Naval and Military ‘In and Out Club’ London Blitz Ashtray, 1958

Measurements: Diameter: 11.5cm (4.5in)

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Oak ashtray with brass rim inscribed ‘Oak from the Naval & Military Club damaged by enemy action & rebuilt in 1958’. 

The Naval and Military Club, aka the In and Out after the correspondingly marked gateposts, was established in 1862 and opened moved to the former home of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston on Piccadilly in 1866 where it remained until 1999. During the London Blitz of 1940-41 two high explosive bombs fell in or near Half Moon Street damaging the rear of the ‘In and Out’. As with much of London’s bomb damage, repairs were slow to take place as this ashtray testifies.
 

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