19.09.2020

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Pipe with concealed dagger is among weapons used by British spies in WW2 now up for sale

NO PIPE DREAM

A pipe that opens to reveal a dagger is among weapons belonging to British spies in World War Two that are now up for sale. A bladed pen and a garrotte for choking an enemy are among others.

This pipe is not a pipe... it's a concealed dagger
This pipe is not a pipe… it’s a concealed daggerCredit: Bournemouth News

The 26 lots being sold at East Bristol Auctions on Friday also include compasses hidden in coat toggles and brushes.

The sale also features a message bolt with a secret compartment, and several miniature cameras which were used to gather intelligence.

Less subtle but equally effective items going under the hammer are a miniature hacksaw and an unused reel of trip wire.

The collection is expected to fetch £3,000.

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said: “They’re incredibly interesting artefacts.

“Perhaps the most interesting item is the smoking pipe which actually contains a hidden dagger.

“You can just picture the gentleman RAF Officer smoking this in his prison camp, just waiting for the opportunity to arise where he could make good his escape. It’s incredible.”

A garrotte used by British spies to choke the enemy
A garrotte used by British spies to choke the enemyCredit: Bournemouth News
A bladed pen is among the World War Two gadgets
A bladed pen is among the World War Two gadgetsCredit: Bournemouth News
Shaving brush with a miniature camera used by British agents
Shaving brush with a miniature camera used by British agentsCredit: Bournemouth News
A duffel coat toggle hides a miniature escape compass 
A duffel coat toggle hides a miniature escape compass Credit: Bournemouth News
A rare Merlin Soe miniature camera is also up for sale
A rare Merlin Soe miniature camera is also up for saleCredit: Bournemouth News
A mini hacksaw is among the concealed weapons to be auctioned
A mini hacksaw is among the concealed weapons to be auctionedCredit: Bournemouth News
A message bolt with an ingenious secret compartment
A message bolt with an ingenious secret compartmentCredit: Bournemouth News
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