An antique military compass, encased in a brass ‘pocket-watch’ like case with a loop for attaching to a chain or cord.
This fascinating piece has wear commensurate with its age and use: there are knocks and little indentations, and the inside of the compass is worn in the south west corner. Was someone desperately trying to get somewhere?
This says to me that, rather than being held flat, the person was holding it at a slight angle to find their way somewhere. Where were they going? Did they ever get there?
There is a small piece of faded material inside with strange markings, was there once a picture on it? Is that a man on a horse? Can I see the letter E?
This curious compass measures just 3.5cm in diameter and 5.5cm including the loop. The actual compass inside can be taken out. A wonderful little historic piece with more than a hint of mystery.