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Title Military prismatic compass, WW1
Nationality British
Period 1916

This is a standard Great War issue item, of the dry rather than the oil-filled type. It has a broad arrow mark on the base, indicating government issue, with the date 1916, together with the maker's mark 'Cruchon & Emons // London'. It is marked on its face 'Verner's pattern VII'.

It is in perfect working order and only lacks its leather case. Made of brass which originally had a blackened finish on the case lid (for war service) and a polished varnished finish to the exterior on the edge. The blackened finish is now worn with age and wear on the outside. The varnish on the rim has gone and the brass has acquired a slightly patinated look. This could easily be polished, but I have left it be.

Every officer and sergeant in WW1 would have carried one of these.

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

[Militaria : Equipment : British : 20th Century]


I received the first [buckle] today. Excellent!!

D R, UK, 11.01.2011

The buckle arrived, thank you very much! Very good package!! Thanks for the good and fast service..

C U, Germany, 07.04.2009