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Silver and enamel cigarette case, H S Benzie, 1925
Of curved pocket fitting form, the lid enamelled in translucent blue with the crowned cipher of King George V, frosted gilt interior, inscribed, 'For David from his devoted father June 23rd 1925', British hallmarks for London.
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Provenance

Presented as a gift from King George V to Edward when he was Prince of Wales.

Catalogue Note

Prince Edward started to smoke regularly during his 3 month sea voyage from August in 1911. He recalls how he was called back to Windsor on the occasion of his 18thbirthday, a memory he savours mostly for the fact that it was the first time his father gave him permission to smoke. Smoking, he felt gave him more self-assurance, particularly during public occasions.

Prince Edward was called David by his close family and it is likely this cigarette case was given as a gift to Edward from his father on the occasion of his 31st birthday.

 

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