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 and domestic money orders. Worldwide shipping is $13.00 USD.
(Includes the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom)

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

 

 

WWII era U.S. stamped Wittnauer compass with box and pouch


The majority of Longines-Wittnauer compasses were manufactured for the US Air Force.

 

This nickel Wittnauer  compass is stamped with the letters U.S. on top.
The case is in excellent condition. Perfect hinge and release mechanism.
(The spots on the top of the case are reflections from the camera.
The case is in perfect condition without any spots, marks or blemishes.)
 

The needle lock works well. Dial is stamped: Wittnauer. Compass points strong to North.

The paper box and cloth pouch are in great condition.

 

 Price:  $150.00

 

 

 

 

 

~

 

 

WWI era British Negretti & Zambra wirelug drycard wrist compass


Rare RGS pattern, 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. (RGS Stands for Royal Geographical Society.)

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 exampe) 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:  $150.00

 

 

 

 

~

 

 

 1941, WWII Wittnauer Air Corps 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 such as this example.

This Wittnauer compass is not stamped U.S. on the cover. Dial is stamped: Wittnauer. 
The flat blue arrow shaped needle. The original box is stamped: "Compass Assembly Pocket
Type, Air Corps Order No42-6744P, Mfr's Assy Dwg 1941, Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co Inc."

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 compass looks to be in unused, unissued condition.
The outside of the case would benefit from a polish.)

Price:  $145.00

  

 

 

~

 

 

1941, WWII Wittnauer Air Force compass with box and pouch, A


Manufactured by Longines Wittnauer for the U.S. Air Force in 1941.

 

This Wittnauer compass is not stamped U.S. on the cover. Dial is stamped: Wittnauer. 
The flat blue arrow shaped needle. The original box is stamped: "Compass Assembly Pocket Type,
Air  Forces,  Order No. W535 - AC - 27707, Mfr's Assy Dwg 1941, Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co Inc."


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 compass looks to be in unused, unissued condition.)

 

 Price:  $145.00

 

 

 

 

~

 

 

1941, WWII Wittnauer Air Force compass with box and pouch, B


Manufactured by Longines Wittnauer for the U.S. Air Force in 1941.

 

This Wittnauer compass is not stamped U.S. on the cover. Dial is stamped: Wittnauer. 
The flat blue arrow shaped needle. The original box is stamped: "Compass Assembly Pocket Type,
Air  Forces,  Order No. W535 - AC - 27707, Mfr's Assy Dwg 1941, Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co Inc."

 

The only difference between this Air Force Wittnauer compass box and the example listed above is
that the middle portion is stamped on the box with an ink stamp. (I have seen both box variations over
the years. Sometimes this stamp from the middle is not there at all on some of the boxes.)


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 compass looks to be in unused, unissued condition.)

 

 Price:  $145.00

 

 

 

 

~

 

 

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:  $220.00

 

 

 

 

~

 

 

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: $160.00

 

 

 

~

 


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:  $180.00

 

 

 
 

 

~

 


18th Century gold cased Armand A Paris pocket sundial compass

The British National Maritime Museum is the only other place where I have seen

such an instrument: http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/10498.html

 

The British National Maritime Museum states the following about the Armand Sundial
in their collection, which makes this example the second such known instrument:
"This is the only known surviving instrument by Armand, who was active in the
Founders' Corporation of Paris between 1755-80."

Gilt and silver pocket sundials by Armand and Rosseau are exceptionally rare.
 So far I have only seen a few in the British National Maritime Museum's
collection and I saw a 1980's Christies catalog with a Rosseau silver sundial.

Armand, Jacques Etienne apprenticed to Canivet on 26 November
1747 in the Founders Company. Working from 1755-1780.

The raised, enamel sundial area is signed "Armand a Paris". The domed convex glass
covers both the compass and the dial-plate, which is supported by three equidistant
radial gilt-copper struts. The glass is in excellent condition with one scratch mark near
the "A" for Armand area. The back of the instrument has a purple patterned design.

The plate and the compass are both made of white enamel with black enamel markings.
On the plate is an hour scale numbered clockwise VI-XII, I-VI with a brass gnomon in
the center. The compass has eight points, marked by French cardinal points.

The compass has a flat half blued, half steel needle. The compass needle is
nice and smooth and points to North. The enamel dial is in fantastic condition
on both the compass portion and the raised, upper sundial portion.

The outside edge of the gold case near the "South" cardinal point has a noticeable
indentation. Along the edge there are a couple of tiny dings. Unlike the example
at the British Maritime Museum this sundial does not have a hinged glass cover.
The diameter of the case (excluding the pendant) is 49 mm.

  

Price:  $6,300  $3,500 (Insured shipping included)

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

~