The Paratrooper’s Handkerchief
A gentleman and his mother were inquiring about a pocket watch. The pocket watch proved to be vintage but not collectible. When the son placed the pocket watch back in his mother’s jewelry box, he noticed a handkerchief with a two-sided map on it. The map was of North Africa, with a green line running through one side, and a red line running thorugh the other.
Upon examination by a Great Canadian Roadshow war expert, the handkerchief was deemed to be a very rare item. The handkercheif was given to paratroopers during WWII in order to identify the location of their allies’ and enemy lines. Paper maps were easily damaged due to exposure to a a variety of weather conditions, as paratroopers often landed in sand and water. The mapped handerchief served as a useful tool in navigation.
The man’s uncle was one of the paratroopers who died during the WWII, the handkerchief was passed to his brother prior to his death.
The handerchief was valued at over $1700 in good condition. Alas the item was never sold.