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.
In addition I 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 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 Sold







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:


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  $5,000 (Insured shipping included)













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:  $300.00







Late 1800s, small English brass cased compass with removable cover

High quality, small brass cased compass. The top of the brass cover has a nice
curve to it which is unusual. The compass has a paper dial which is in perfect
condition. It also has a needle lock at the edge of the case which the higher end
compasses of this type have. The diameter is smaller than average at 30mm.
The compass is in excellent condition. 
Compass points strong to North.


 Price:  $130.00








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: $180.00






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:  $220.00









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:  $190.00








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