Acquired from a Wellfleet, Massachusetts, flea market, this World War II U.S. Corps of Engineer military pocket field compass is made of brass and was manufactured by Taylor, Inc. When opened, the compass has a circular directional finder printed in black with a black arrow pointer. The interior compass is covered with transparent glass, which measures about 1.375 inches in diameter. The compass opens and locks with a traditional push stem (much like an old pocket watch) on its right side and has a top handle ring to which a chain or lanyard may be attached.
This military field compass is in great vintage condition. It is still magnetized so that the pointer always points to North. The brass has a nice patina for an object made during World War II yet does have some scuff marks that come with age and use. The interior glass compass cover is slightly scuffed as well. The manufacturer’s mark “Taylor” is located in the innermost circle of the compass face.
For those who collect vintage metalworks or World War II military paraphernalia, this Taylor field compass is an ideal find!