This listing is for areproduction of the highly sought after \"American Model\"WWII Escape compass.Also know as a \"button compass,\"these small compasses were issued to bothparatroopers and aircrews in small escape/evasion kits comprised of a compass, a cloth map, and a small hacksaw blade. The compass\' small size allowed it to be easilyconcealed any where on the body. Many troopers sewed the compass into the \"fly\" or the waist band of their trousers so it would not be easily found whilebeing searched by the enemy after capture.
Measuring .75\" in diameter,.213\" in height,and weighing less than an ounce these compasses match the design and quality of the originalcompassextremely well.Constructed froma solid piece of machinedbrass(justlike originals),these reproductions utilize aacrylic crystal lens to cover the face of the magnetic dial. Escape compasseswere manufactured as a \"dry\" design meaning that there was no liquid suspendingthe dialof the compass. The reason for this is in cold weather conditions a \"liquid\" compass could freeze renderingit useless.
This listing is for one reproductionescape compass. All other items in these photos including theescape hacksaw bladeandcloth escapemap are notapart of this sale. To purchase escape hacksaw blades and/or cloth escape maps, please see my other listings. Photo of the original compass seen in the last picture was provided by https://www.paratrooper.be/
Each of thesecompassesaretested against a military lensatic compass to unsure that they properly orient to magnetic North.Note that these compasses have a small \"burr\"on the side of the brass housing. This is not a defect. These burrs are created during the manufacturing process and do not impede the use of the compass.
Special noteforinternationalbuyers(buyers outside the US):international shipping costs cover the postage for the order but maybe subject to customs fees unique to your country. Seller is not responsible for any additional postage or customs fees.?
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