A Royal Air Force Club Presentation Cigar Box, 1937
A Royal Air Force Club Presentation Cigar Box, 1937
A Royal Air Force Club Presentation Cigar Box, 1937
A Royal Air Force Club Presentation Cigar Box, 1937
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A Royal Air Force Club Presentation Cigar Box, 1937

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Measurement: 7cm (2.2in) x 25.5cm (10) x 12.5cm (6in)

 

Silver. Of rectangular form the hinged lid and leading edge engraved with the facsimile signatures surrounding a central Royal Air Force badge and dedication ‘To Lionel / From his friends in / R.A.F. Club. / On the occasion his wedding / 10th April 1937’. Maker’s mark of William Comyns. Hallmarked 1936.

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The present box bears the signatures of a good number of R.A.F. club members of First World War vintage, the most prominent of whom must be Sholto Douglas, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, best known for clashes with senior commanders during the Battle of Britain and aggressive advocacy of ‘Big Wing’ strategy. Other notables include the sporty, monocle-wearing actor Hugh Wakefield, who served with R.A.F. in the Second World War, just like his ‘Blithe Spirit’ co-star Rex Harrison. Also worthy of a mention are First World War veteran Joe Offord, who despite his advanced age blagged his way into flying a Meteor jet in 1945; Brigadier-General Guy Livingston who was one of the few Royal Flying Corps generals and the author of an autobiography titled 'Hot Air in Cold Blood' (1933); and Wing Commander ‘Sausage’ Cohen, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C., born in 1875, who was the veteran of 70 ops with Bomber Command as an observer / air gunner, and received the D.F.C. in his 70th year as related in his memoirs ‘Crowded Hours’.