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Title Map distance measuring wheel / compass
Nationality German
Period c 1914

This neat little gadget was bought together with a whole load of British officer's WW1 equipment. It measures miles and kilometers (on a large scale map, I suspect) and still functions, after a fashion, though the wheel is stiff and probably needs oilling with a fine machine oil. The compass on the other side works nicely.

It is almost certainly German, as anything marked 'foreign' (as this is) in the Edwardian period usually inferred German make.

The faces of both instruments appear to be glass and the metal case would appear to be brass with an EPNS finish. There is a certain amount of scratching to both glass faces, consistent with the age, and a little yellowing to the paper faces, but altogether excellent for its age.

No mechanical warranty is provided with this piece! You take it as found!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Equipment : German : 20th Century]


Helmet arrived safely and am pleased with it.

A M, UK, 24.01.2013

The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011