Mystery from WW2

This small object - about the size of a lipstick - was rescued by Aida in Portugal. She cleaned it carefully and fell in love with it as she ‘resurrected’ it. Who is the beautiful woman and why is she there? Is she part of a trap to distract an unwary guard?

Aida has made enquiries to various museums around the world but the mystery remains. Can anyone out there shed light on it?

Aida and I have some theories.

Below are Aida’s images and description. Please help us.

WW2 mystery object, top removed, Biro for reference

WW2 mystery object, top removed, Biro for reference



Woman through viewfinder in cap, fingertip above for reference.

Woman through viewfinder in cap, fingertip above for reference.

GERMANY in base

GERMANY in base

Aida holds the mystery object

Aida holds the mystery object

Aida’s description.

It is a cylinder , diameter 14mm, the size of a lipstick. (it is very similar to the Goring capsule with cyanide, displayed in the book " the 3rd Reich in 100 objects" written by Mr. Roger Moorhouse)

On the upper part there is a mini lens.

Looking through this lens, we can see a lady in underwear (1930?).

This photo doesn't change, in spite of, at first sight, I considered that chance, that it would change when making turn a little wheel on the outside of the cyinder.

I was surprised by the shot I heard when I made the little wheel turn.

the shot I heard was made by a piston, inside the cylinder.

From what I describe, I thought that this could well be a weapon to explode on the face of the person looking through the lens or perhaps a poison capsule, disguised as sex toy. .

On the base of the cylinder there is engraved the word: GERMANY.

Thank you for any guidance. I am completely at a loss!

Kind regards

Aida