Hi, I’m Sam Heughan from “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and I’m about to be put to the test on my knowledge of famous spy accessories. Wish me luck. The first ones are a pair of boots that look very well worn. I believe these are the ultimate spy gravity defying boots. You can walk up walls on ceilings with them. Definitely, probably, from the first World War though they didn’t work very well, hence the reason that they are no longer in use. You’ll be surprised to know that these are in fact called Escape Boots.
They’re from c. 1939-1945, which I was right, that’s the second World War. With their tops cut off the boots look like civilian shoes. They helped downed pilots blend in behind enemy lines. I think the gravity defying boots would have been a much better idea. Now this I know very well. It is the precursor to the spy lipstick that you get. You open it and inside is a shell or something, you then put it into your gun and you can shoot someone with. This is indeed a lipstick pistol; I am good at this! The lipstick pistol used by the KGB operatives during the cold war is a 4.5 mm single shot weapon. Now this is a pair of what look like spectacles. but actually, they are spy spectacles meaning you can also hear things. There’s a little instrument on the side which attaches to your ear and maybe has a radio or antenna. I’m thinking this is from the period of the eighties. This is indeed a cyanide eyeglass, c. 1975-1977, I was a few years out I admit. A poisonous pellet was hidden in these glasses. Choosing death over torture, a captive could casually chew an eyeglass arm without arising suspicion. So, a word of warning, never chew on your spectacles. I do that, does anyone else do that? Here we have a very well-known common spy button. It twists off, obviously and in the inside, is somewhere where you can keep some sort of secret code maybe, or a private message to one of your spy compatriots. I believe this is probably quite an early model, maybe around the early 1900s. Ah this is a Cold War era button compass, of course! A POW simply removed both buttons, balances one on top of the other and then the freestanding button would swivel to point north apparently. So that’s, north, that way! I have absolutely no idea what this is. Now you would be mistaken to think this is a spy radio, maybe from the Cold War era. You know, changing frequencies and tapping into secret messages, but actually it is a precursor to the mobile phone charger. Actually, it is a buttonhole camera. Of course, it is! The model F-21, not to be confused with the model F-20 or F-19 which was rubbish. Circa 1980 from the KGB, the wearer of the coat would squeeze a shutter cable hidden in the coat pocket. Squeezing the cable would cause the fake button to open and snap a picture. Well I hope you did better than I did. You may see some of these spy accessories in “The Spy Who Dumped Me” out on August the third. Thank you for watching and please subscribe to WWD’s YouTube channel.