The Boreal Arrow
Code BA381: Short & Mason Compass c. 1910
This is a unique military compass made by Short & Mason around 1910 for Captain Adrews in the British Army. It corresponds to the period when India was colonised by the United Kingdom. I think that some information about this Captain Andrews can be found here: http://www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/www_uki_ihc.nsf/vw-sublinks/F61C181F9D041F0680257504004FA143?openDocument
The case is made of brass. Still has a nice old patina. No dings or dents. Opens and closes as it should. When the lid is closed, it activates a transit lock that prevents the needle from moving while the compass is not used. On the back of the case, it is marked Short & Mason Ltd. London. The glass crystal is in excellent condition without scratches or chips. The needle has an unusual design. The dial has Indian numerals and the directions are marked in the two Idian official languages: the Sanskrit and the Urdu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_names_of_India). It is marked "Captain Andrews". The compass is in perfect working order and points North precisely. The case measures 53mm in diameter. This is a unique and rare piece of history made by a quality maker.