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Ex Military Metal Compass

Accession Number

025.2007.1

Object Name

Ex Military Metal Compass

Created

22/11/2007

Creator

Maxine Willett

Accession Date

22/11/2007

Brief Description

Compass with rotating suspended face which has black and mother of pearl background inscribed with black numerics depicting degrees,a hinged magnifying prism,a hinged lid with circular 'window' with hair line across centre, compass points and degrees etched around circumference and a locking mechanism for dial.

Materials

metal, glass,

Dimensions

7.2 (w) x 16.9 (l) (fully extended) x 2.7 (d) cm

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

Verner's pattern VIII, "↓ F-L, No 103842, 1917, etched on cross with dividing line through centre

Colour

gold, black, silver, red

Maker

[Verner's]

Object Production Date

1917

Provenance

The Verner's compass takes its name from Colonel Verner who was born in 1852 and commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1874. The first prismatic compass had been patented back in 1812 (patent no. 3545) by someone called Schmalcalder and Verner's was basically a much improved version which was popular during WW I - initially with the MK VII version and latterly with the MKIII which began production in 1917 - the main change being the simple, but very effective locking arm which stopped the compass dial moving around during transit. This lovely example of compass and case was bought by Mick Tighe at an auction in Perth, during the 1980's, for around £60, and interestingly perhaps we see a similar one for sale in 2010 for £159. We don't think Verner would actually have made the compass, and it seems that F-L or French Limited were the manufacturers. It would appear that Adez Cliff of Walsall made the case and the owner had the initials A.W. Presumably A.W. was a male, and may have been in the RSF - Royal Scottish Fusiliers(?)

Acquisition Date

22/11/2007

Condition

Good

Condition Check Date

22/11/2007

Normal Location

Bohuntin

Current Location

Bohuntin

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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