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A sterling silver Art Deco cigar box by Asprey & Co, offered by I Franks for £11,975.

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Hallmarked in London in 1936 by Asprey & Co, this unique sterling silver Art Deco cigar box is thought to be connected to one of the specialist RAF Command units set up that year due to its colours.

Measuring 9½ in (24cm) wide, it is inlaid with gold to the lid and sides with light blue and red enamelled detailing. The use of a single propeller suggests a connection to Fighter Command which became famous with the Battle of Britain during the Second World War.

Offered online for a price of £11,975 by silver dealer I Franks, which sells a range of antique and modern silver, as well as a selection of flatware and cutlery sets. The site also provides guides on subjects of silver collecting interest such as the history of hallmarking and silver plate.

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