Spy radio disguised as a toolbox discovered in a garden shed is worth a fortune, according to Antiques Roadshow.
When it traveled to Kenilworth Castle for the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, a World War II spy radio disguised as a toolbox fetched a big price.
In a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow, expert Mark Smith marveled at the cleverness of a spy radio used during WWII. From the outside, the item appeared to be a toolbox, but when opened, it revealed a detailed radio that could be “powered by any source.” So, what was it worth? Mark estimated the cost to be between £10,000 and £15,000.
“You brought me a large green box, and it’s a heavy box, where did you get it?” Mark was the one who inquired.
“It was in one of my father-in-barns law’s or sheds, and we were just looking through it when he died, and I spotted it and thought, ‘That will do, it will make a nice toolbox,’” the guest explained.
“It reads Sergeant F.L.Church and a service number on the front of the box, and then it says royal signals,” the expert explained. “What do we know about this F.L.Church?” says the narrator.
However, the owner admitted that he had no knowledge of it and that the name meant nothing to him.
“Now, the service number is a World War II number, and what I would say is that it is a toolbox, just as you thought,” Mark added. “Because what I believe it is, I believe it is a spares box, most likely from a vehicle. But isn’t that not what’s within it?”
“Now what is inside it is a radio station,” he said as he opened the box.
“What were your first thoughts when you saw that?”
“We thought it may be something special,” the man answered, “but it looked quite old and difficult to be honest.”
“In technical terms, this is a Mk 3 B2 radio, also known as the B2. “And it was used by the Special Operations Executive,” Mark explained.
“So, in 1940, Winston Churchill declared, ‘We need an organization that will go into occupied Europe, and subsequently in the war, into the Far East, and set Europe ablaze.’ They’ll be there for sabotage and information collection, and one of the most important things they’ll have to do is get that information back to us.’
“And a man named Captain invented this set.” Brinkwire Summary News”.