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Solid Brass Gimble Compass w/ Rosewood Box 6"
The Hampton Nautical 6” Boxed Compass is a beautiful reproduction of an antique brass British compass in a handsome brass-inlaid hardwood box. The compass is fully gimbaled.
The boxed compass is a beautiful addition to any nautical collection or executive's desk. The front of the felt-lined hardwood case has a brass front clasp and the box's corners are inlaid with solid brass splines.
The case is made out of a high quality smooth finish hardwood. The rosewood box has one clasp and a brass filling of an anchor with rope Hampton Nautical embedded in the top of the box.
Custom Engraving is available on this item with a minimum quantity purchased. Contact us for details.
- Polished brass housing for compass
- Remains level with double-gimbaled design for accurate readings
- Solid rosewood box lined with felt to store compass
- Brass anchor emblem inset in face of rosewood box
- Custom engraving available on large quantity orders (call us for information)
Following the dispersion of the marine compass throughout Europe, and combined with new articles such as Portolan Charts and advances in shipbuilding, the Age of Discovery began. From the early 15th century, through the 17th century, European powers expanded across the globe making extended contacts with Africa and Asia, and the first contact with the Americas since early Norse expeditions. Using the nautical compass and the directional winds, Christopher Columbus made voyages through the Caribbean, Central America, and back through the North Atlantic, and in doing so not only vastly expanded knowledge and trade but lent his discoveries to improving compass marine sailing itself. On September 13, 1492, Columbus documented his discovery that with magnetic compass marine sailing, the compass does not in fact point “true to the pole.” Depending on where you are, with regards to latitude, the compass direction would vary by a number of degrees. With this writing, as well as previous findings on the Earth’s magnetic field, magnetic charts were created, and improved upon, which made navigation and compass marine sailing more accurate.