hairbrush, escape

Catalogue number
  • EPH 2207
  • whole: wood
  • whole: metal
  • whole: glass
  • whole: paper
  • whole: bristle
Alternative names
  • full name: hairbrush, escape
  • simple name: CLA
souvenirs and ephemera

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Physical description

Oval hairbrush with black wooden handle and black bristles, complete with paper map, miniature metal saw and circular compass with cracked face - all cleverly concealed inside a compartment in the centre of the brush which can be accessed by lifting out the central group of bristles.

History note

Brush with a false back concealing money and a map made by William Edward Humphreys of G B Kent Ltd, London Road, Apsley End, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. In December 1939, a new branch of British military intelligence called MI9 was set up to teach servicemen how to escape and evade capture. Secretly, MI9 sent escaping tools to POW camps and organised routes for escapers to travel safely through occupied countries. In many camps POW committees were formed to coordinate escape plans.

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