Pocket compass

Pocket compass

Bowl: Dia of outer case: 2.6" (6.7 cm). Dia of compass bowl: 1.9" (4.8 cm). Outer case of boxwood with a screw on wooden lid. Fitted with a brass pivot point mounted at centre of base, on which compass bowl rests, and a boxwood ring which when reversed operates pins in base of compass bowl locking the card. Compass bowl of silver, glazed, fitted with a conical base which engages on pivot in outer case, and a card locking mechanism operated by two pins at base.

Card: Dia. 1.7" (4.3 cm) White card with black markings. Graduated to 32 points and quadrantally in degrees, with a decorated East point.

Needle: Unsighted.
Pivot: Unsighted.
O.A. height 2.0" (5.1 cm)

Object Details

ID: NAV0269
Type: Pocket compass
Display location: Not on display
Creator: West
Events: Second Boer War: Battle of Ladysmith, 1899
Date made: circa 1900
People: Costa, Michael
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 30 mm; Diameter: 46 mm

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