Compass, Brass; Unknown maker; 1920-1940; RI.W2020.3649


Compass, Brass

About this object

A brass compass made in France, with cardinal way point and increments, and a locking function, presumably to prevent damage when not in use.

The compass belonged to Clement Harris who was a sergeant with the Home Guard during World War Two. Clement's day job was as a meat inspector at the Belfast Freezing Works. He lived near Bishop Farm (now Bishopdale) and would ride his bike to Waikuku Beach being his squad's assigned area of coast line. Clement's son kindly donated this compass to us and indicated that his father used it during his Home Guard service.


Unknown maker

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Place Made

Europe, France

Medium and Materials

Inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, brass
Inorganic, processed material, glass
Inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel

Inscription and Marks

Stamped on face of compass, central, below the SW bearing, 'Made in France'. H
Has cardinal and ordinal directions in addition to degrees. On edge of casing, has a small white '16' stamped.


h 8 mm x diam 40 mm

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