Antique Pocket Compasses For Sale


My goal is to offer high quality, antique pocket compasses in excellent, working condition.
All of the compasses that I offer are functional,
real, authentic, antique examples.

I accept Paypal, money orders and checks. Shipping within the United States is $9.00.
I also ship to Canada, Australia and to the United Kingdom for $15.00 USD.

Email me if you have any questions or if you would like to purchase a compass.
In addition I offer a $10 discount on signed copies of my book Compass Chronicles.


 

 

 

WWII era US Wittnauer compass


The majority of Longines Wittnauer compasses were manufactured for the US Air Force
during WWII. This Wittnauer  compass is stamped with the letters U.S. on top of the
nickel case. The case is in excellent condition. Excellent hinge and release mechanism.
The needle lock works well. Dial is signed: Wittnauer.
Compass points strong to North.

 

 Price:  $130.00

 

  

 

 

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Mint, WWII era US Wittnauer compass


The majority of Longines Wittnauer compasses were manufactured for the US Air Force
During WWII. This Wittnauer  compass is stamped with the letters U.S. on top of the
 nickel case. The case is in mint condition. Excellent hinge and release mechanism.
The needle lock works well. Dial is signed: Wittnauer.
Compass points strong to North.

 

 Price:  $150.00 On hold

 

     

 

 

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Early 1900s, smaller English compass by Dollond, London

 

Very nice, smaller, round brass cased compass. The paper dial is signed "Dollond, London"

The diameter of this compass is smaller than average at 38mm. The compass has a needle
lock which is uncommon for this round, brass style. High quality bar needle and jeweled pivot.
The brass cover fits well. The case is in excellent condition without any dents or dings.

 

This example that I am offering appears in my book, Compass Chronicles, representing this style.

 

Price: $190.00

 

 

 

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Circa 1880s Singer’s Patent compass


This Singer’s Patent compass is a very nice example. The compass has a jeweled pivot.
 The compass is high quality, early example dating from the 1870s. The case once had a
detachable brass cover that is no longer present. The brass case is in excellent condition
without any dents or dings. The elegant paper dial is signed “Singer’s Patent” Compass
works well and points strong to North.

I describe and feature similar Singer’s Patent compasses in my book, Compass Chronicles.

 

$100.00

 

 

 

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Circa 1830 English gilt cased, enamel dial compass
 

High quality, enamel dial, unsigned pocket compass. This style has the characteristic, unusually
long crown. The majority of these pocket compasses were produced in England between the 1810s
 and 1840s. They are generally in an open faced case (silver or gilt) and have an enamel dial.
 

This model has a flat blued needle and a 'viking cap' brass pivot. The very elegant enamel
dial is in great condition. (It is not signed by a maker.) The case has no dents or dings.
The back of the case has a round spot of discoloration from the price sticker that I found the
compass with in London. The compass points strong to North.
 

 

Price:  $230.00

 

    

 

  

 

 

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Circa 1918, 1920s, first official American Boy Scout compass

Taylor produced the first Official Boy Scout compass in the United States in 1918. This model is
very rare as it was produced in limited numbers. The nickel hunter case was originally painted
brown on the outside. On this example the majority of the brown paint is no longer present.

The center of the dial displays the Boy Scout logo along with the words: “Be Prepared”. Around
the logo it reads: “Boy Scouts of America Headquarters New York City”. Near the edge of the
dial, beneath the South cardinal point it reads: “Pat. Jan 8, 1918 Taylor Rochester N.Y. USA”.

Diameter is 45 mms. The inside cover is stamped "Swiss". Good hinge and release mechanism.
The case is in good condition, but it has a several smaller dings and dents.
These early, high quality Boy Scout compasses are very hard to find.

Price:  $210.00

 

 

 
 

 

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Early 1900s Singer's Patent, pearl dial pocket compass


The compass was manufactured in England during the early 1900s.
Opening
the spring loaded cover reveals a beautiful mother of pearl, Singer's Patent dial.
The dial is unsigned. The compass has a jeweled pivot and the needle lock works well.

 

The inside cover of the nickel case is stamped "A Franks Ltd, Manchester." (The owner also hand
engraved their name on the inside of the cover) The case is in excellent condition, no dents dings.
The back of the case has three tiny age spots on the metal. The case has a very nice, even tone to it.

 

Price:  $200.00

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Circa 1910, French, nickel cased compass


This is a very nice, high quality French pocket compass. Manufactured around 1910.  The compass is
housed in nickel hunter case. Elegant dial is marked with French cardinal points. (O - Ouest for East)
Excellent hinge and release mechanism. Case is in wonderful condition with no dents or dings.
Flat, half blued needle.
Compass points strong to North. High quality compass in fantastic condition!


Price: $165.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Circa 1880, Singer's Patent, pearl dial, leather cased compass

High quality, English, circa 1880's pocket compass. This compass design is not intended
to be removed from its Moroccan leather case. The leather case has velvet lining.
The pearl dial is signed "Singer's Patent". The Moroccan leather case is in great condition.
It is missing the clasp at the front to keep the case closed. The compass is  in excellent condition.

Price: $180.00 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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 Superb Circa 1860s, English, wood cased pocket compass

These older wood cased English made compasses are high quality wonderful instruments.
The paper dial displays an elegant compass rose. a flat blued needle and a brass pivot. The
flat blue compass needle has a gilt letter "N' and "S" on the appropriate sides. High quality brass
pivot. Needle lock and triangle shaped, brass hinges. The wood case is in excellent condition!
The overall condition of this compass is superb. The needle lock works well which is unusual
for these wood cased compasses. (Most of them have worn a bit of a "groove" on the inside of
the wood cover, therefore not engaging the locking mechanism when the case is closed.)

 

This example that I am offering appears in my book, Compass Chronicles, representing this style.

Price: $270.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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Early 1900s, larger, English pocket compass

 

This is a very nice, well made early 1900s English pocket compass. The dial has an elegant design.
A red letter N represents North. This is a snap cover design, meaning it is not spring loaded,
it does not automatically spring open by design. It has top be opened by hand. The case seems
to be oxydized brass and is in excellent condition. The diameter is larger than average at 58mm.

 

This example that I am offering appears in my book, Compass Chronicles, representing this style.

 

Price:  $140.00

 

 

 

  

 

 

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WWII era, brass, US military compass by S&W w/box


Manufactured by S&W (Schwab & Wuischpard of New York) during WWII. The brass case
has
U.S. stamped on top. The case is in excellent condition and it has a very nice patina.
 

The dial is signed: S&W NY.  When you press the button to open the cover, you need to help
open it with your finger as it does not pop open. The needle lock is present, but it does not
lock the needle when the case is closed. The compass points strong to North.

 

The unmarked, original card board box is in excellent condition.
This compass appears in my book, Compass Chronicles, representing this style.

 

Price:  $90.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Circa 1830's English gilt, dry card pocket compass with fitted case
 

High quality, enamel dial, unsigned pocket compass. This style has the characteristic unusually long
crown. The majority of these pocket compasses were produced in England between the 1810s and 1840s.
They are generally in an open faced case (silver or gilt) and have an enamel dial. This model has a rare,
paper dry card dial. (It is not signed by a maker) The paper dial is in excellent condition. The case
has no dents or dings. The gilt case is in fantastic, mint condition. The compass points strong to North.

There is a needle lock activator behind the pendant which works well.
The original leather case is in excellent condition.

 

This is a beautiful example of some of the highest quality pocket compasses that were produced.
Overall this is the most fantastic, rare, highest quality pocket compass that I have seen over
the last couple of years. It is a beautiful instrument in unbelievable condition.

 

Price:  $550.00

 

   

 

   

 

  

 

 

 

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