Original Antique E.A.C Australia 2nd World War Brass British / Australian Army Officer’s 1944 Prismatic Compass in a Wooden Box or Original Cloth Pouch
Rare Original Antique E.A.C Australia 2nd World War Brass British / Australian Army Officer’s 1944 Prismatic Compass in a Wooden Box or Original Cloth Pouch
The dial is made from mother of pearl, and has a film of radium to read the markings on the dial in the dark.
When looking through the prismatic viewfinder, two readings can be observed: 0-180°, and 180-360°.
Marks on the base of the compass
WW2 British / Australian Army Officer's
Prismatic Marching Compass MK III
Made by Francis Barker London
made for E.A.C Australia
M.I.D Forces Ordnance Arrow
circa.1944 No: B 256550
This compass was used by a British / Australian Army Officer during 2nd World War. so please expect some wear & tear it's 77 years old.
It's called a prismatic compass because of the right-angled prism that folds over the compass. When the eye is brought close to the prism the readings can be taken while sighting the point of observation. The prism's height can be adjusted for sharper readings of the scale on the compass card. The glass above the compass has a scale that can be adjusted with a screw on the side. The cover has a round sighting glass window with a dividing line. The prismatic compass was an indispensable instrument for officers in the British Army. It is also extremely popular for walking, trekking, explorers & other outdoor activities. There is no liquid in the compass , its dry damping.
These compasses are superb gifts for a special person because they are the best that money can buy.
This compass weighs 400 grams. and comes with a wooden presentation box or an original army belt pouch circa 1951.
When packed for delivery the parcel weighs 800 grams.
Included is a custom made brass plaque engraved with the details on the base of the compass can be placed either on or inside the box. . Please see the pictures.
This compass is sold with a solid wood box & weighs 320 grams. or also add an original khaki green army belt pouch.