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1918 compass


William Clarke

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I have a brass pocket compass that was given to me from my father. I havent been able to find any information about it an wonder if anyone here might be able to help. The tag on the back reads in this order,

C.H Kemp Ltd

London

No 101207 that has a line scribed through it

1918

Then there is what looks like a 3 pronged upside down leaf above iig in capital letters.

The whole brass top that opens looks as though it were painted black originally. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Does it have a broad arrow pointing upwards?

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I know my father done a tour of Germany for England in 1947 when he was 19, piece keeping I think it was.

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Can you post some pics of it and a close up of the markings? A quick google shows no results for CH Kemp.

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Just tryed to post a pic but apperantly file is too big.

Have found writing on the front that I didnt know was there an I couldn't see before taking a pic. It says verners pattern if that helps.

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Thank you for your help Johnboy. Its 2.05am here in western australia an im crashin out for night. Cheers.

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Seems you have a Verner's Marching Compass named after their inventor Colonel W W C Verner.

His story is a fascinating read.

The Mk Vll and Mk Vlll commonly used in WW1 very similar designs.

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Now all you need is an instruction book, this is the title page of my 1917 original. The compass is dated 1918.

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Norman

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