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Churchill Cigar Found

Submitted by Rob on December 1, 2009 – 2:00 amNo Comment

churchill-cigarA cigar smoked by Winston Churchill during the Casablanca Conference in January 1943 has recently turned up after being hidden for over 65 years. This partly smoked cigar is just over 6 inches long and has been stored in a wooden box by its owner, Christian Williams.

Mr.Williams was gifted Winston Churchill’s cigar by his grandfather Ronald Williams when he was just 12 years old. The grandfather was butler to the Prime Minister and was in attendance during the historic meeting. When the meeting concluded Mr. Williams took the liberty of pocketing the items. Along with the cigar he was also gifted the place cards that would dictate where the leaders would sit.

He said “I’ve kept the cigar a secret and completely to myself since my grandad gave it to me all those years ago.

The cigar surfaced when Christian Williams decided to get it appraised by the Antique Road Show. Because the story can be verified by first hand accounts and supporting evidence is provided with the place cards the cigar was valued at about $1,300 if taken to auction.

Williams claims that he has no real incentive or plans to sell the cigar that his grandfather had gifted him many years ago. However did say “I would only ever sell it to the Churchill family or to a museum because I think it’s too important to be shut away in a private collection.

Until then Mr. Williams plans to put the Churchill cigar back in its safe place.

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