Antique 1940s British Army 2nd WW Bakelite Compass in a Wood box or Army Cloth Pouch
The black square marching compass was introduced in the British Forces during the First World War . This compass was made of Bakelite and when folded was a distinctive square shape with a small brass loop sitting over the main body of the compass. This brass loop was to slot your thumb through to hold the compass steady whilst a bearing was taken. The compass opened up into two parts, one was a silvered panel with a slot cut through it to look down when taking a bearing, whilst the other half had the compass itself. The dial of the compass sat around the luminescent needle and could be rotated to take a bearing.
It has the original markings stamped on the base
COMPASS MAGNETIC MARCHING
BRITISH MILITARY ORDINANCE ARROW
SERIAL NO : B31111
TG & Co Ltd ( London )
Please remember this is an antique compass from 1940's so expect some wear & tear.
The compass come with a wooden presentation box with a custom made brass plaque engraved with the details on the base. This plaque can either be placed on or inside the box.
Please see the pictures.
A: To march on a given bearing by day or night:
Rotate ring until given bearing is over the luminous arrow. Hold compass level and move it so as to keep the luminous needle tip between the two dots on the ring. March along the luminous line on the lid.
B: To read the bearing of a given object:
Hold the compass level and aim the centre line of the lid at the object, tilting the lid as required. Allow the needle to come to rest. Rotate the ring until the luminous needle tip lies between the two dots on the ring. Read the required bearing off the ring at the luminous arrow directly, or by the reflection from the mirror in the lid.
Size cm W 6.5 x L 7 x H 2 cm
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A wooden box or original army cloth pouch circa 1951
It comes with a brass custom made plaque with all the details of the compass.