James Bond-style Lord Mountbatten's pistol pen to be auctioned
A pen that has a hidden secret pistol - once given to Lord Mountbatten for his protection - is set to go under the hammer.
The gold-plated pen was given to Lord Mountbatten by his friend The Maharaja of Jodhpur in case he ever got into trouble, the Daily Mail reported.
It remained with his family until recently when it was bought by an unknown collector in Yorkshire.
But now the handmade pen - worthy of a James Bond-style scene - is due to be auctioned once again in March and is estimated to fetch between 5,000 pounds and 7,000 pounds.
"The Maharaja of Jodhpur built it for his friend in case he got himself in a position where he had to sign something which he did not wish to sign - either to kill himself or the enemy," Nicholas Holt, founder of Holt's Auctioneers which is selling the item, said.
The pen, also referred to as a pencil pistol, was built in 1948 and features a 2 3/4in smooth-bore barrel containing a removable propelling pencil mechanism with a concealed trigger.
The outer body is inscribed with the words 'Gun Shop Jodphur, 1948'.
The gun will be sold by Norfolk-based Holt's Auctioneers to be included in the sale of Fine Modern and Antique Guns at Princess Louise House, Hammersmith Road, London, on March 21.