The Boreal Arrow
Code BA22042101: WWI Dennison Engraved Compass, 1916
|This is a nice WW1 officers pocket watch style antique compass, engraved on front lid: Dennison, Birmingham, V 102979, 1916 and military arrow. The case is made by the famous Dennison Watch Case Company of Birmingham (marked inside the back lid). It is Nickel and in excellent condition without any dings or dents. It has a strong hinge and the lid springs open when the button under the loop is pushed. The beveled glass crystal covers the distinctive Singers patent style dial card both in excellent condition without any scratches. In full working order and finds North easily. The transit lock is also in working order when lid is closed. Lid springs open when the button is pushed. Meausres 4.7cm in diameter. A rare and nice compass by a quality maker and hard to find in this condition.
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.