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Solid Brass Gimbal Compass w/ Rosewood Box 9"
The Hampton Nautical 9" Boxed Compass is a beautiful reproduction of an antique brass British compass in a handsome brass-inlaid hardwood box. The compass is fully gimbaled with a solid brass gimbal set. 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.
- 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/photo etching available: Logos, pictures or slogans can be easily put on any item. Typical minimum custom order is 100+ pieces. Minimum lead-time to produce and engrave is 4+ weeks.
In his travels Christopher Columbus discovered that the marine compass does not actually point “true to the pole.” Depending on your latitude the compass readings vary by a number of degrees because the Earth’s magnetic field is not linear. Following his discovery, and with the research of the day’s best scientific minds, magnetic charts were created, making navigation with antique compasses more accurate. During this time these antique compasses evolved further, with the first liquid compasses introduced in 1690 and aiding in stabilizing the directional needle, as the liquid steadied rapid fluctuations. These antique compasses further influenced seafaring when attached to gimbals, making for a device that provided steady readings while being unaffected by the pitch and roll of a ship at sea. Though the first liquid antique compass was not patented and easily attainable until 1813, its impact on exploring the world is immense.