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, original, antique examples.

I accept Paypal. Worldwide shipping is $13.00 USD.
(To the United States, Canada, Australia and to the United Kingdom.)

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

Currently available antique compasses:

1941, WWII U.S. Wittnauer compass with box and pouch
1917, WWI era Verner's Pattern, Mark VI, prismatic military compass
WWI 1916 Sherwood & Co. London military pocket compass
1939, Mark IX prismatic military compass by F Barker & Son
Late 1800's brass compass with cover
Late 1800's, larger, round brass compass with drycard dial
Circa 1910's, 1920’s Singer's Patent dial compass
English late 1800s, early 1900’s pearl dial Singer’s Patent compass
WWII German Luftwaffe Wrist Compass AK39
Early 1900's smaller pocket compass in near mint condition
1937 F Barker & Son prismatic compass, tripod mount, 100 mm
Unusual large brass cased Singer’s Patent style compass
WWI era British Negretti & Zambra wirelug wrist compass
Circa 1830s, 1840s English, gilt, enamel dial compass
Late 1800s, smaller English compass by Dollond, London

Circa 1918, 1920s, first official American Boy Scout compass
Circa 1920’s French, open faced brass compass
Circa 1950's English Boy Scout compass with paper box
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 1941, WWII U.S. Wittnauer compass with box and pouch

The majority of Longines-Wittnauer compasses were manufactured for the US Air Force.
A few of the original boxes bear have an Air Corps stamp.
This box does not mention the Air Force or Air Corps.

This box is stamped:  "Compass Assembly, Pocket Type, Mfr's Assy Dwg 1941,
Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co Inc."

This Wittnauer compass is stamped U.S. on the cover. Dial is maked: Wittnauer. 

Compass has a flat blue arrow shaped needle. The compass is in excellent condition.
The case does not have any dents. Excellent hinge and release mechanism. 
 The box and pouch are in excellent condition. Compass points strong to North.
(The darker spots on the top of the case are reflections from the camera and my wall.)

Price:  $170.00


 

 

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 1917, WWI era Verner's Pattern, Mark VI, prismatic military compass

WWI era British prismatic compass. Often these compasses are marked “Verner’s Pattern” on the lid
along with a mark number. (V, VI, or VII) This example is the mark VI version. The bottom of the brass
case is marked with the War Department broad arrow and F - L,  No. 82683, 1917.

 Mother of pearl dial.
Needle lock works well. Rubber seal on the bottom of the case seems to have been replaced.
Great overall condition. Brass case is in great condition, but shows gentle wear from use.
The outside glass in the brass cover has a small crack in it.

Price:  $140.00

 
 

 

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WWI 1916 Sherwood & Co. London military pocket compass

This WWI pocket watch style compass is by one of the more rare makers.
It has a drycard black and white Singer's Patent style dial.

Bottom of the case is marked with the broad arrow and:
Sherwood & Co. London,  V, No. 60186, 1916.
 
The compass is in very good condition. The case does not have any dents,
but the nickel has worn through in areas from gentle, previous use.
Great hinge and release mechanism. Compass points strong to North.

Price:  $170.00

 
 

 

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 1939, Mark IX prismatic military compass by F Barker & Son

1939 British prismatic compass. The brass case beautifully retains the original black paint!
The bottom of the brass case is marked with the War Department broad arrow and MK IX,
B9505, F Barker & Son, 1932  Ltd, London, 1939

 Mother of pearl dial. Needle lock works well. Rubber seal on the bottom is
cracked but in very good condition. Excellent overall condition.

Price:  $180.00

 

 
 

 

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Late 1800's brass compass with cover

Very nice brass compass with a removable cover. It has a nice body design.
The colored dial design is also very nice. Dial is simply signed "F. N." Most often
these compasses are unmarked. Flat blued needle and brass pivot.

The case has a couple of very minor dents, but overall it is in great condition.
The brass case has a nice tone to it and the compass works well. Diameter is 38 mm.

Price:  $110.00

     
 

 

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Late 1800's, larger, round brass compass with drycard dial

Very nice, larger than average, round brass pocket compass made around the late 1800's.
The compass was made in England. It has a nice graduated black and white paper dial
and a very nice jeweled pivot.

The compass is in excellent condition. The case has no dents, but it is
missing the brass cover that it once had. Compass points strong to North.
This compass would look very nice displayed on a desk. Diameter is  62 mm.

Price:  $70.00

     
 


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Circa 1910's, 1920’s Singer's Patent dial compass

Beautiful paper Singer's Patent style dial. (Unsigned.) Nickel, hunter cased compass.
The nickel case is in excellent condition without any dents or dings. The needle lock is
 there, but it does not engage. Nice, rare pocket compass. Compass points strong to North.

Price:  $150.00

 

  
 

 

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English late 1800s, early 1900’s pearl dial Singer’s Patent compass

Excellent, sturdy, solid brass, snap cover case. 52 mm diameter.
Beautiful mother of pearl Singer's Patent dial. (Unsigned.)

The glass is marked with red cardinal points which was commonly done for this compass style.
This snap cover case was popular in England at the end of the 19th, early 20th Century.

The compass is in overall excellent condition and works well.
The case opens and closes very well, which is unusual for this snap cover design.
The inside of the brass lid has a "Trade Mark London, Barker & Son's" stamp.

Price:  $160.00

 
 


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WWII German Luftwaffe Wrist Compass AK39

Germany manufactured a black and a clear plastic variation of their Luftwaffe compass
in similar quantities during WWII. This is the black dial design.
This is the signed dial version. The dial is signed: Kaldec

The liquid filled case and the original leather strap are in excellent condition.
The compass points strong to North and it is fully functional.

The bottom of the case is marked: ArmandkompaS. Bauart: Kadlec,
Baumuster: AK 39, Werk Nr. 10139968, Anforderz: FL 23235

$180.00




 


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Early 1900's smaller pocket compass in near mint condition


This pocket compass is smaller than average at 38 mm diameter.
The original black paint on the brass case looks flawless!

This compass looks very similar in design compared to the Negretti & Zambra
wrist compass that I also have listed.  This compass is unmarked.
It has a very nice drycard dial. No needle lock.

If you are looking for a smaller than average pocket compass this would be a perfect
choice due to its mint condition. Compass works well and points strong to North.
(Photo of Sherwood pocket compass is for size reference.)

 

 Price:  $130.00

 

 

 


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1937 F Barker & Son prismatic compass, tripod mount, 100 mm

1937 brass cased prismatic compass with a press fit cover.
The case retains most of the original black lacquer paint.

The top of the cover is stamped: F Barker & Son 1932 Ltd, Makers London, 
B 34, 1937, followed by the War Department broad arrow mark.

The diameter of the compass is 100 mm. (10 cm) Excellent overall condition.
On the bottom of the case it has a threaded central part to be mounted to a tripod.

(The photo of the three compasses side by side is for size reference only. 
This auction is only for the middle, large F Barker prismatic compass.)

 Price:  $140.00

 

 

 


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Unusual large brass cased Singer’s Patent style compass

The diameter is larger than average at 58 mm. The compass has a graduated Singer’s Patent paper
dial. The glass has one red line on it. The brass case beautifully retains the original black paint.

The case opens and closes nicely. The needle lock is incorporated into the upper
edge of the case. Below the hinge area on the outside bottom there is an edge, this may have
been to allow the compass to be attached to another object.

The compass is in overall excellent condition and works well.
It would look great displayed on a desk due to its larger size.

Price:  $150.00  $110.00

 

 
 

 

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WWI era British Negretti & Zambra wirelug wrist compass


Rare RGS pattern, (Royal Geographical Society) drycard dial, Negretti & Zambra,
WWI era wirelug wrist compass. The case is brass which was originally painted black.
(The black paint has partially worn off over the years.)

What is interesting is that usually the open faced, English wrist compasses are smaller
in diameter and are housed in a silver case. The Swiss wirelug wrist compasses from
the same era are larger diameter (Similar to this example) housed in nickel cases.

The diameter is 38 mm. The glass has two red lines painted on the inside.
The back of the case is stamped by Negretti & Zambra.

 

 Price:  $90.00  $70.00

 

 

 


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Circa 1830s, 1840s English, gilt, enamel dial compass


Very high quality English, gilt cased, enamel dial 1830s, 1840s compass.
The needle locking button as usual is located behind the stem and it works well.
The original glass crystal has a few minor scratches on it. The enamel dial does
not have any cracks, but it has a spot of "dirt" right under the West "W" area.

The "loop" is a bit bent, and I did not want to try to straighten it out. (This does not
effect the compass at all, it is only cosmetic which a watchmaker could remedy)
The diameter is smaller than average at 31mm. The back of the case shows some wear, but
it has no dents or dings. The compass is in great condition.
Compass points strong to North.

 

 Price:  $190.00  $150.00
 

 

 

 

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Late 1800s, 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: $150.00  $130.00

 

 

 

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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 excellent condition without any dents or dings.
These early, high quality Boy Scout compasses are very hard to find.

Price:  $150.00  $130.00

   

 
 

 

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Circa 1920’s French, open faced brass compass

Cardinal points are marked in French. (O for West – N – E – S – O) Diameter is 40mm.
Silvered metallic dial. Half blue half steel needle. Jeweled pivot and needle lock.
Brass lacquered case is free of dents or dings. Compass points strong to North.
This compass is an excellent example of these early French compasses.

Price:  $70.00  $50.00

   
 


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Circa 1950's English Boy Scout compass with paper box

I hid this little guy at the bottom of the page. Priced to sell.
Small, bakelite, open faced Boy Scout compass. Made in England.

The box is marked: "The Boy Scouts Association, Scout Shop, Map Reading Compass,
Luminous Point." Simple little compass in excellent, working condition. Diameter is 32 mm.

Price:  $30.00