Holster is neatly made but possibly amateur 'inside the waistband' concealment design, boned or shrunk onto the pistol to help retain it.
This pistol is associated with the Second World War service (in Special Operations Executive) of Noor Inayat Khan GC. Inayat Khan was the daughter of a Sufi mystic and his American wife. She was born in Moscow and raised in Paris, becoming a freelance writer. After the fall of France she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in Britain, and was eventually seconded to the Special Operations Executive (SOE). In June 1943 she was dropped in France to be a radio operator for SOE's 'Prosper' circuit. Security within the circuit was poor, and the Gestapo began to arrest its members. However, Inayat Khan rejected suggestions that she should return to England. She was eventually arrested herself and was imprisoned in Germany after refusing to co-operate with her interrogators. On 12 September 1944 she was taken to Dachau concentration camp and executed. In 1949 she was posthumously awarded the George Cross. The pistol was preserved by her brother.
Donor was an SOE staff officer and the pistol was passed to her by the brother of Noor Inayat Khan GC, SOE. One of batch of 2,200 made during July-December 1914. Typical of 'civilian' pocket pistols often issued to SOE agents. Holster is neatly made but possibly amateur 'inside the waistband' concealment design, boned or shrunk onto the pistol to help retain it.
1-2. stamped on left of slide
1. WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD LONDON & BIRMINGHAM 6.35m/m AUTOMATIC PISTOL
2. Webley winged-bullet trademark