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The Mystery Smoking Heirloom

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

DESCRIPTION: a silver (not true silver) cigarette case that measures 8cm wide by 11cm high, and is engraved with RHW, and has the Rising Sun emblem and “Australian Commonwealth Military Force” on the front bottom corner
DATE: unknown, but possibly around WW2 era
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: This is an item that we’re unsure of the origin of. Meaning we don’t know who it originally belonged to.

Seeing this item engraved with RHW, I assumed (rightly or wrongly) that it was my great uncle Harold Roy Winter’s, who was generally known as “Roy Harold Winter” while he was in the AIF during WW2.
However I spoke with my grandma about her brother, and she doesn’t ever remember him smoking, or having ever seen this item before. So while it is an assumption that it was his, I have no proof.

Still it is an heirloom, I’m just not sure whose, but I’m still recording it.

[Apologies for the poor photos – this was actually really hard to photograph]

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