An amateur antiques collector who bought a World War II relic for £90 at a car boot sale could not believe his luck when he discovered it is worth at least £10,000.
Retired police officer Philip McKeiver, 67, was amazed to learn that the name plate he picked up at a village fair near Knutsford belonged to a submarine named by Winston Churchill. The former Prime Minister christened the HMS Tally Ho in 1942 and it went on to become famous for sinking scores of Japanese and German warships.
Heroic escapades: The HMS Tally Ho was launched in 1943 and successfully sank scores of Japanese enemy warships. It was decommissioned in 1967 and later sold for scrap – but the brass placard lay undiscovered for more than 40 years. Philip said: ‘I normally collect medals. But just in the last 12 months or so I’ve started collecting antiques as well.
‘I was at a fair in a small village near Knutsford. I was at a stall and this woman said, “I’ve not got any medals but I’ve got this old submarine badge.” Instinct just told me to buy it.’
The name plate is engraved with the words…