A small vintage white metal ashtray (probably best used nowadays is as a pin, cufflink, coin etc dish) with repousse rim and airforce type emblem applied to the centre. We understand that this is probably the emblem for the Friends of RAF Malcolm Clubs.
The first Malcolm Club was opened by Lady Tedder in Algiers during 1943. They soon increased in number with clubs in locations all over the world. They were named after a gallant young Scottish Wing Commander, Hugh Gordon Malcolm of Broughy Ferry, Dundee, who had been awarded a posthumous V.C for operations over Tunis. The clubs provided not only food but also books, wireless, comforts and a cheery atmosphere in which aircrews could relax. Airmen regarded these clubs as their own.
The ashtray has no makers or smiths mark and we have described it as white metal, as in the absence of a hallmark of any sort we cannot decide whether it is silver or silver plate. It certainly “behaves” like silver. The uncertainty is reflected in the price asked.
The ashtray or dish has been cleaned but might benefit from further cleaning. There is a certain amount of sediment surrounding the central emblem which we have been unable to remove.
The ashtray or dish measures approximately 3.25in in diameter at the outer rim, a maximum of about 2.375in at the inner rim, and just under 0.5in deep. Exact age unknown but dates from the 1943 onwards.
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