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WW2, RAF, Escape & Evasion Shaving Brush

A wartime dated brown bakelite shaving brush containing an MI9 escape compass.

The base of the brush has the war department arrow and the manufacturer's name - LENG.

Unscrewing the base reveals an escape compass fixed into the base.
It is thought that this would have been covered by a shaving soap stick, so concealing it, and this would fit neatly inside the top half chamber when screwed together.

This Escape brush is in a 'used' condition and it has sustained some damage.
This being a cracked base and compass glass (see images) which could have happened if it was dropped onto a hard stone floor.

For further reading on the brush and other escape items see Phil Froom's excellent book, Evasion & Escape Devices.