This is a rare 1900 bronze wall mount ashtray for cigars.
Marked: BERESFORD B.A.P
The Beresford Cigar
Book-shaped wood box (10)
Factory 21 IRD 32 Series of 1897
Stirton & Dyer, London.
Charles, Lord Beresford (1846 – 1919) rose through the ranks of the navy to become First Lord of the Admiralty. He also served as a Conservative MP. He has no apparent connection with Canada. He wrote to The Times defending the commander and crew of the Titanic after the disaster, and is said to be the author of a famous witticism: on being invited on short notice to dine with the Prince of Wales, he sent a telegram, “Very sorry can’t come. Lie follows by post.”
Son of Joseph his more famous father. Born 1863. Educated Rugby and Trinity Cambridge. A debonair figure. Wearing a monocle and an orchid buttonhole. Smoking a cigar.