A bronzed pocket compass, a reproduction from the 19th C.
M. 1.8 x 2.4 x 0.6''
M. 4.75 x 6.5 x 1.5cm
no batteries required
The compass opened the World to exploration and discovery. Invented in China thousands of years ago, it was primarily used by feng-shui priests, hired to advise how and where to build.
Today, the compass still is a basic tool, a magnetized needle rotating on a vertical pin, pointing at the Earth's magnetic North. 16th century sailors accustomed to following coastlines could now cross oceans. Sailors devised a compass course, while still using while using their age old knowledge of steering by fixed stars,ocean currents and prevailing winds to establish position.