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king george compass
King George compass
Lewis-and-Clark compass
Lewis and Clark compass
executive compass
executive compass
compass with sundial
compass with sundial
lifeboat compass
lifeboat compass
compasses

Collectible Compasses Point to Enduring Style

North, south, east or west - you can get there from here with a compass. This simple navigational device has been a part of humankind's exploration of the world for nearly a thousand years. Prior to this development, ancient mariners used landmarks, astronomical knowledge and more than a little luck to reach their destination. Around the 12th century, a Chinese book makes the first known reference to the use of a compass, indicating that directional navigation using these useful tools may have occurred years or decades prior.

The first compasses were made of a naturally magnetized rock called lodestone. Later, iron needles were magnetized or "stroked" with a lodestone. The magnetized needle was then balanced onto a pivot point, which allowed it to swing freely, pointing to the naturally magnetic north or south.

The compasses borne of this basic design was the rule for hundreds of years, from the medieval age through the Victorian era and into the early 20th century. Many would agree that advanced navigational devices, although much more accurate and useful, lack the elegance and charm of our richly designed and finely tuned gauges, each authentic reproduction compass is constructed to the style of the era they represent.

Our collectible compasses include the King George compass version, which was developed in the 18th century at the request of King George IV of England for his science collection. The artfully crafted gauge is mounted on gimbal rings, which are in turn mounted on a vertical stand, to aid in keeping it horizontal and accurate on rocking ships. The charming combination sundial-compass is sure to start conversations when you show it off. By aligning the gnomon (the vertical part of the sundial) with the north-pointing needle, the time of day is revealed as it would have been hundreds of years ago.

The authentic reproduction of Lewis and Clark compass is a near perfect replica, constructed in the same fashion as the ones these intrepid explorers used. With their trusted canine companion, Seaman, Lewis and Clark redefined the borders of the United States. This wonderful item is an enduring tribute to those who risked all in the search for knowledge.

The faithfully and accurately reproduced WWII compass is an authentic replica of the standard issue item by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. Built for durability, this gauge speaks to those with an interest in all things military.

Through centuries of technological innovation, we've charted the whole world. But early navigators and explorers setting out didn't necessarily know where they were headed. Guided only by simple compass, the stars of the night sky, early octants and astrolabes. Possibly terrifying, but also exiting... Discover early navigation, enjoy an unbelievable collection of compasses from various eras. 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.

 

 
 

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These tasteful and practical navigational pieces make great gifts as well. Give an artfully replicated Victorian Trails compass to your child when it's time to go to college or when moving to a new place... 👉🏻 compasses and gifts

 
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