The Boreal Arrow
Code BA1209153619: WWI Vintage J. HICKS LONDON 1914 Engraved Compass
|This is a rare WW1 officers compass, engraved J. HICKS, LONDON, V, 10585, 1914, with the military arrow /|\. Inside the front lid it is engraved with typical Dennison cases serial number 3504 M. The case is Nickel plated and still in good condition with normal signs of use. The glass crystal and Singer's patent dial card are in excellent condition. In full working order and finds North easily, with strong hinge including the transit lock. Size 4.7cm 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.