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The watch along with a photograph of Toplis.<br />
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The pocket watch worn by an infamous WW1 conman known as the 'Monocled Mutineer' has been sold for £1200.<br />
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The timepiece belonged to disgraced Percy Toplis, a lowly private who when on leave wore a monocle to pretend he was a decorated officer.<br />
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Toplis sold the watch, which has a fake engraving on the back awarding himself a DCM, to a hoodwinked nurse in 1916.<br />
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In 1915 he had even tricked his home town of Blackwell in Notts to giving him a hero's welcome and a civic reception in his honour.<br />
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Such was his notoriety that the BBC made a drama series of his notorious exploits in the 1980's.<br />
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H.Aldridge auctioneers sold the watch, along with a letter of provenance from nurse Emily Philpott explaining the deception, at the weekend.