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The watch along with a photograph of Toplis.
The pocket watch worn by an infamous WW1 conman known as the 'Monocled Mutineer' has been sold for £1200.
The timepiece belonged to disgraced Percy Toplis, a lowly private who when on leave wore a monocle to pretend he was a decorated officer.
Toplis sold the watch, which has a fake engraving on the back awarding himself a DCM, to a hoodwinked nurse in 1916.
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.
Such was his notoriety that the BBC made a drama series of his notorious exploits in the 1980's.
H.Aldridge auctioneers sold the watch, along with a letter of provenance from nurse Emily Philpott explaining the deception, at the weekend.