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In the age of antiquity in Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa, magnetism was still not completely understood, though the early Chinese utilized it in their everyday lives. Though the solid brass compass later became a fundamental part of seafaring and the Age of Enlightenment, these early magnetic devices were used for the art of Feng Shui. As the ancient Chinese used compasses to create harmony in architecture, design, and comfort of the home, you can now use this marine compass for sale to lend a touch of history to any room. Some accounts place the inception of the compass as early as 2634 B.C., while others discuss this “tchi-nan” emerging 1500 years later. At this same time the Olmec people, in what is now Mexico, may have possibly developed a compass-like device. Discovered in ancient ruins and dated between 1400 and 1000 BC, a beautiful polished hematite artifact, with grooves that may have been used for sighting, consistently points 35.5 degrees West of North and may also have been an important part of everyday life as well as a work of art. From our marine compass company we offer you this solid brass compass that will one day itself be an antique. From ancient China, to Mexico, to antiquity in Europe and the Mediterranean compasses have been used as a tool and decoration for thousands of years. Place this solid brass compass on a desk for an air of enlightenment, a symbol harkening back to the Age of Discovery.