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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]


Thank you for the delivery which arrived yesterday. The badges are in excellent condition.

P S, UK, 18.12.2012

Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011