CHURHILL (WINSTON) Two Churchill cigars; and other material
Lot 47
CHURHILL (WINSTON) Two Churchill cigars; and other material
£400 - 600
US$ 640 - 960

Lot Details
CHURHILL (WINSTON)
Two Churchill cigars, the first banded 'Churchill Corona/ E. Nobel', cellophane intact and in Nobel cardboard case (130 x 15 mm.), the second banded 'La Corone de Cuba' (160 x 20 mm.), with cellophane opened at one end, both from the collection of his Swedish publisher, Bertil Sterner; together with two typed letters signed to Sterner by Clementine Churchill, and two letters of appreciation by another of Sterner's authors, Dennis Wheatley

Footnotes

  • Included in the lot are memoranda by Sterner, describing two meetings with Churchill in May 1946, and September 1954, when these cigars were given to him. The first of these meetings was at the still bomb-damaged House of Commons in May 1946: 'Churchill showed me into his office and offered me a cigar out of his breast pocket. As I was rather hoarse I had to refuse to smoke'; the second was in September 1954, at Chartwell: 'As I very seldom smoke, I declined the cigarette that Lady Churchill offered me. When we were having coffee, Churchill insisted that I should take a cigar and I indeed took a thick and long one which I asked to be allowed to put into my pocket. But Churchill also selected a light, thick but short cigar out of the case that the butler held, removed the cellophane cover and gave it to me and I had to smoke this cigar. It was really very light and tasty. Churchill himself chose a thick and long cigar which he smoked with repeated lightings'. The larger of these two cigars – banded 'La Corone de Cuba' – is presumably that selected by Sterner at Chartwell; while the smaller Nobel cigar came from Churchill's breast pocket in 1946: the E. Nobel brand, of course, bears no reference to the eponymous prize, but belonged rather to a firm of Danish tobacconists.
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