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Solid Brass Binnacle Compass with Clock and Oil Lamp 9"
A beautifully functional desk décor clock suggestive of nautical exploration, the design of the Hampton Nautical desk clock with compass is inspired by the binnacle and navigational compasses of a ship. This solid brass clock features a functional clock with roman numerals. Swing open the clock to reveal the mounted compass on the inside. The side of this desk compass includes a small door inside of which is a small brass tea candle holder.
- Solid Brass no plastic parts
- Polished Lacquer Finish for a shine without tarnish or fading
- Working Compass mounted beneath clock within housing
- Custom Engraving Available with minimum quantity purchase
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Although there is some debate as to the true origins of the nautical compass, it is generally agreed upon that the Chinese were the first culture to truly grasp the concept. In the age of antiquity in Europe and the Mediterranean, though magnetism may have been understood, the nautical compass itself would be developed thousands of miles away. Some accounts place the inception of the compass, in China, as early as 2634 B.C., while others discuss this “tchi-nan” emerging 1500 years later. The first solid evidence of the antique compass appears in a book of the Chinese Song Dynasty, dating from approximately 1044, in which a device is described and recommended for guidance at night. In this book an iron fish in a bowl of water was used as a constant marker due South. In 1088 the Chinese scientist Shen Kuo discussed in an essay how a needle rubbed on lodestone, and attached to a string by wax, would point either North or South. It was during this time, under the Song and Yuan dynasties, that the Chinese began to use the compass at sea. In 1122 a Chinese ambassador is said to have sailed from Ning-Po to Korea, and a recorded voyage by diplomat Zhou Daguan, using a nautical compass to navigate from Wenzhou to Angkor Thom, dates to 1296. While it is unknown how the idea that became the vintage brass compass made its way to Europe, it is thought that it may have travelled from China, via Arabic traders, to the civilizations of the west.