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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 have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005