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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 545

    SIR WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL (1874-1965)
    A STETSON

    BY BILTMORE ('CARIBOO TRAIL'), FIRST HALF 20TH CENTURY

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    SIR WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL (1874-1965)
    A STETSON
    BY BILTMORE ('CARIBOO TRAIL'), FIRST HALF 20TH CENTURY
    Stamped in gilt to inside band with the arms of Calgary, 'PRESENTED BY/ CITY OF CALGARY', 'CHURCHILL' and 'BILTMORE/ CARIBOO TRAIL'


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    Churchill is known to have visited Calgary in August 1929, and this may have been the occasion for the presentation of the hat; he was photographed apparently wearing this hat whilst painting at Roquebrune in 1957 (see, for example, Martin Gilbert, Churchill. A Life, Heinemann (1991), illustration 142, facing p.875). There is no indication of how Sir Solly Zuckerman acquired the hat: during World War II he was scientific adviser to the RAF Chief of Combined Operations, and to the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, and advised on the selective bombing of coastal defences preparatory to D-Day; in 1965 he was chief scientific advisor to the Secretary of State for Defence, and an advisor to the Cabinet Office.
    This lot is sold with a copy letter from Hallstrom to Zuckerman asking for Sir Winston's hat, and a signed letter from Zuckerman to Hallstrom saying the hat had been sent by airmail to Australia.

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    Provenance

    Presented to Sir Winston Spencer Churchill by the City of Calgary.
    Presented by Sir Solly (later Lord) Zuckerman to Sir Edward Hallstrom of Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia.
    Jerry Vitek, 1972 (bought at auction in rooms of F.R. Strange Pty Ltd, Sydney, August 1972).
    Barry and Elza Briegel (sold to them by widow of Vitek); offered by them at auction, 1996.
    Christie's, South Kensington, 3 June 2003, lot 12.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts