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Antiques Roadshow guest says 'I'm astonished' as special WWII item from 'secret ... trends now

Antiques Roadshow guest says 'I'm astonished' as special WWII item from 'secret ... trends now

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An Antiques Roadshow guest was left 'astonished' after receiving a staggering valuation for his World War II 'fighting knife'.

Expert Robert Tilney said the 'wonderful, wonderful thing' had 'totally made my day' as it is one of only 'a few thousand'.

The knife was used by the guest's father when he worked for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), also known as 'Churchill's Secret Army'.

It was explained that the hand-made Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife was bought in order for Lieutenant L.H. Massey to complete commando training for the force and then train the Polish resistance the same way.

The blade was a pass for the 'Inter-Services Research Bureau' (ISRB) - a fake organisation based in Baker Street as a front for the SOE. 

An Antiques Roadshow guest (seen) was left 'astonished' after receiving a staggering valuation for his father's World War II fighting knife

An Antiques Roadshow guest (seen) was left 'astonished' after receiving a staggering valuation for his father's World War II fighting knife

The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife was made specifically for close combat for secret commandos operating in occupied Europe, by creators William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes

The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife was made specifically for close combat for secret commandos operating in occupied Europe, by creators William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes

Expert Robert Tilney said the 'wonderful, wonderful thing' had 'totally made my day' as one of only 'a few thousand' before giving it a £5,000 valuation

Expert Robert Tilney said the 'wonderful, wonderful thing' had 'totally made my day' as one of only 'a few thousand' before giving it a £5,000 valuation

'This is interesting,' Mr Tilney began, 'this is a pass for Lt. L.H. Massey of the Inter-Services Research Bureau.

'It's interesting because the Inter-Services Research Bureau didn't exist.'

The guest explained that after being invited to

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