Rolls Royce Merlin Piston Ashtray
A unique ashtray manufactured post war utilising part of a Merlin engine piston, as used in wartime Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters. The centre is embossed with the RAF crest, while to the top is Winston Churchill's "Never in the field of human conflict" quotation with a facsimile signature. Below is confirmation that the item is manufactured from a Merlin piston as used in the Battle of Britain August - October 1940. The ashtray also carries a presentation inscription "Muriel and George to Harry 1947". It measures 5.5" (14cm).