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Botswana, The Falkland Islands, The Gambia, Isle of Man, Zanzibar (now a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania), Lesotho (Basutoland), Malta, St Vincent and Swaziland all gave the finances for gifts of silver gilt ashtrays to the House of Commons after the Second World War. They were made by Blunt & Wray Ltd., London who had been making silver since 1889.

Many of these ashtrays are in excellent condition and so perhaps were not used a great deal but were instead treated as display items.