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.