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Battle of Britain Pilot (War Hero) 9ct Gold Hallmarked 1939 Case with Provenance See original listing
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom


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Cigarette Cases


engine turned



An absolutely stunning, 9ct gold, fully hallmarked, rectangular card/cigarette case, engine turned, and made by the silversmiths Walker and Hall, Sheffield in 1939. The inside inscription reads 'presented to p/o (pilot officer) Norman Taylor D.F.M by his colleagues & workmates of the Standard Aero Engines 1941. This is a magnificent, unique item, museum quality, with a letter of provenance. 

Provenance ....
RAF Flight Lieutenant Norman Taylor DFC, DFM ...... "One of the Few"

Norman Taylor was born in Chellaston near Derby and his early years were spent in South Derbyshire. He attended schools in Melbourne, Ashby, and finished his education at Bablake College in Coventry.

He joined the Standard Motor Company in Coventry as an apprentice and then the RAF in January 1939 as the war clouds were forming over Europe. Following pilot training at Prestwick, he joined 601 'City of London' squadron nicknamed "The Millionaires Squadron" in early August 1940. This was based at Tangmere and as a Sergeant pilot he flew throughout the Battle of Britain scoring several kills over the Luftwaffe bomber and fighter force. He was shot down twice and awarded the caterpillar badge from the Irving Parachute Company. After the battle, he made further kills flying missions over France and Belgium. In 1941 he was presented with this gold card/cigarette case, by his former colleagues at Standard Motor Company, as a mark of respect to his contribution during the Battle of Britain.

In 1941 he volunteered for the Merchant ship fighter unit based at Speke Liverpool. This unit operated catapult launched sea Hurricanes from specially converted merchant ships called Camships; these were deployed to counter long distance four engine Focke-Wolfe FW 200 Condor bombers that threatened Allied convoys. In November 1941 he catapulted from the Camship 'Empire Heath' and shot down a Condor, after which he parachuted into the sea, where he was rescued by a British Corvette. After this incident he admitted, that he needed to learn to swim !!!!

For this action he was made an officer and awarded a DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) to join the DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal) he received during the Battle of Britain. This brought his tally of German planes shot down, to ten.

Norman Taylor then joined Rolls Royce Ltd at Derby as a test pilot, and instructed staff on the famous Merlin Engine. He flew many types of planes, on test for the company.

Next he joined 222 'Natal' squadron, who were flying twin engine Meteor jet fighters, and took part in the 1946 victory fly past over Buckingham palace.

RAF Flight Lieutenant Norman Taylor DFC, DFM, died in 1948 at the age of 27 when the Harvard aircraft he was flying crashed near Wunsdorf in Germany. He is buried in a commonwealth war grave near Munster, honoured on the memorial to the Battle of Britain pilots, located on the embankment in London, and at the National Arboretum at Alrewas Staffordshire.

So you can now understand why, this is a real historic piece of World War 2 memorabilia !!!!!

Prime Minister Winston Churchill's speech on the 20th August 1940 stated "Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed, by so many, to so few" referring to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force, who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain.

Walker & Hall ....

Primarily a Sheffield silversmiths, established in 1845 by George Walker, who secured the Royalty of electroplating for Sheffield. The business was joined by Henry Hall and became Walker & Hall in 1853. They had showrooms all across the UK, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cape Town. Walker & Hall became a limited liability company in 1920, before finally combining with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co to become British Silverware Ltd in 1963.

Dimensions as follows ....

Length: 4 inches or 10.2 cm

Width: 3.25 inches or 8.3 cm

Depth: 0.3 inch or 1 cm

Weight: 129 grams or 4.5 ozs

This is as good as it gets with regards to card/cigarette cases, it's all original and undamaged. How many of these have you seen ? An extremely rare find indeed. I've only got one, once it's gone .... it's gone.

You'll never find another one, and if there's one thing I've learned about antiques, when items are of quality and extremely rare he who hesitates usually loses out, basically what you're purchasing here is a real piece of history.

Please take care to look at all 12 photo's with regards this stunning item, to fully appreciate just what this is !!!!!

This rare gold hallmarked cigarette/card case is so highly collectable, and would add value to any collection. A stylish card/cigarette case that has stunning detailed decoration. A real must for any serious collector and a real piece of iconic World War 2 memorabilia, so very collectable .... this is only going to appreciate in value !!!!!!

This would make an ideal gift. It could be used today for business cards or credit cards, just a really cool item, ideal for impressing your friends with !!!

The card/cigarette case will be sent out recorded, special delivery with insurance.

Please note, all my international postal charges are only estimates and will be confirmed and altered up or down when I know the destination to where, items are being sent. please also note I only charge actual costs of postage and packaging with insurance, no more.

Please feel free to look at my other items.


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