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Solid Brass Brunton Pocket Transit Compass w/ Rosewood Box 4"
The Hampton Nautical solid Brass Bruton Compass easily folds to fit in your pocket. The Brass Bruton nautical compass is 4-inches in diameter. This solid brass compass is small and heavy for its size. It is a functional compass and has a lid. Inside the lid is a mirror. On the back of the solid brass Bruton compass is a Natural Sine index.
This solid brass compass comes with solid rosewood box that has the Hampton Nautical anchor with rope logo embedded into the top. The box is a smooth and polished finish wood with a green felt on the inside to protect the compass.
- Polished brass housing for compass
- Dual bubble level design in transit
- Solid rosewood box lined with felt to store compass
- Hinged lid closes to protect compass
- Custom engraving available on large quantity orders (call us for information)
While it is unknown how the mariners compass came to be in Europe, it is thought that it may have travelled from China, via Arabic traders, to the civilizations of the west. Lending credibility to this theory there are two descriptions of the transition of the nautical compass from East to West. The first, in The Book of the Merchants’ Treasure, written by Baylak al-Kibjaki in 1282, Cairo, describes a hand compass that had been seen 40 years prior aboard a sailing vessel. The second indicates that a Venetian by the name of Marcus Paulus travelled to China and returned to Europe with the mariners compass in 1260. However, there is elsewhere mention of a compass-like device used to navigate the English Channel in 1187, a description of a compass by Petrus Peregrinus de Marincourt from 1269, and the crediting of Flavio Gioia with inventing it in 1302. Whichever may be the case, by the beginning of the 13th century there is indisputable evidence that the mariners compass was known throughout the European world.