The Boreal Arrow
Code BA22022301: WWI F. DARTON & Co. 1917 Engraved Compass
|This is a nice WW1 military compass in full hunter nickel Dennison case. It is engraved F. DARTON & Co., LONDON, VI, No. 1249, 1917, with the military arrow /|\. The Dennison case is in excellent condition with a solid hinge and springs open as it should when the button is pushed. Inside the front lid it has a Dennison serial number 103404 and the letter M. The glass in excellent condition. It has a nice Dennison rotating dial that was used in late 1916, 1917 and 1918. It has a transit lock to prevent wear to the pivot when the compass is not in use. It comes into play when the lid is closed. The compass is in excellent working order and finds North easily and precisely. Size 4.7 cm in diameter.|
The case maker was Aaron Lufkin Dennison of Birmingham UK, he manufactured watch cases from late 1874 at 24 Villa Road, Handsworth UK. As part of the war effort he diversified into compass cases. He was originally the Managing Director of the American Waltham Watch Company in the USA, where he made the very first watch with interchangeable parts and produced watches of Railway quality. He was known as the Founding Father of the American Watch Making Industry.