Sir Winston Churchill

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope." —Sir Winston Churchill

If ever any one individual could define an era, could embody the thoughts and feelings of an entire nation, one of the strongest candidates for that role would certainly be Winston Churchill. Both by his public service and his  private pursuits, Churchill served as an icon of determination. His strength of will saw him through triumphs and tribulations and inspired the hearts of his countrymen during a world war. Though noble by birth and upbringing, Churchill demonstrated true nobility and generosity of spirit throughout his venerable life. Perhaps that is why even today, Churchill's memory still looms large in our cultural consciousness, and why those artifacts associated with him still fascinate collectors. M.S. Rau Antiques has been priviledged to feature a collection of items that invoke Churchill's powerful legacy.

It is difficult to imagine Winston Churchill without a cigar. In fact, according to his daughter, Lady Soames, more than half of the photographs taken of Sir Winston picture him either holding or smoking one of his favorite Cubans. So widely known was his love for smoking that he often received cigars as tokens of appreciation. Those he liked, he smoked, often saving the ends for his gardener to be smoked in his pipe. Consequently, tobacco-related items are among the most popular Churchilliana in the world.

Churchill's generosity extended to other areas of his life as well. He and his wife Clementine were the parents of three daughters and a son, Diana, Randolph, Sara and Mary, and another daughter, Marigold, who died in infancy. Though loving parents, the Churchills were devoted to public life and were often away from their children as they grew up. Nevertheless, Sir Winston was a figure of much awe and respect to his offspring, and as adults, the Churchill children enjoyed a much closer relationship with their parents. Though he did not always agree with their politics or personal choices, Churchill was generous to all his children with his support and affection. He was particularly close to his daughter Sarah, an accomplished actress who served as a key aide to her father at Teheran and Yalta during World War II.

Churchill was a man of many talents and used many of them in service to his country. Though remembered primarily for his political career, he was also a prolific writer, becoming a war correspondent for extra money while still a young soldier, and going on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His books are eagerly collected and admired today, but his earliest, handwritten pieces also garner a great deal of attention.

Perhaps Churchill's greatest gift was the one he gave to his fellow man. Without his guidance at a pivotal moment, the world would be a very different place. When Churchill spoke, the world listened. Where would we be without his lifelong, unmatched ability to command a room?
Winston Churchill Corona Cigar

Winston Churchill Corona Cigar

Lady Sarah Churchill Motor Picnic Set

Lady Sarah Churchill Motor Picnic Set

Churchill Glass Jug and Diploma

Churchill Glass Jug and Diploma