World War II compass in antique bronze finish
The compass opened the world to exploration and discovery. Invented in China thousands of years ago, it was primarily used by
Feng-Shui priests, hired to advise on how and where to build.
Today the compass still is a basic tool, a magnetized needle rotating on a
vertical pin, pointing at the Earth's magnetic North. 16th century sailors
accustomed to following coastlines, could suddenly cross oceans.
Sailors now devised a compass course, while still using their age-old knowledge of steering by fixed stars, ocean currents and prevailing winds to establish position.