The Antique Compass

The thick brush of a mountain side can prove hard to navigate through for those who are hiking. Night can fall quickly in a mountain and further increase the risk. The same dangers can happen on a dark ocean while riding a ship to a far off destination. Supplies that will help the experienced hiker are also brought along on their journey. Tools such as lanterns and light sources can help a traveler see their way, but no tool is as useful as the directional compass. When traversing over uncharted ground, a compass is an essential tool. In a toolbox of even the early days, the compass has always been a key component.

The thick brush of a mountain side can prove hard to navigate through for those who are hiking. Nighttime comes swiftly on mountainous terrain, which makes traversing in the dark even more dangerous. On the ocean whilst voyaging on a ship, these same danger are ever-present, especially the danger of darkness. Supplies that will help the experienced hiker are also brought along on their journey. Compasses are perhaps the most functional and wholly useful tool a traveler can bring with them on their journeys. When traversing over uncharted ground, a compass is an essential tool. From the time the compass was first invented to the modern times of today, they have remained a steady companion to the travelers of humanity. 

The antique compass stands as a tried and true piece of human history that is now turned into a decorative piece. The antique compass is a great item that is both decorative and has many practical uses. In terms of its size, an antique compass is the best deal in terms of quality for price. An antique compass is generally kept in a slightly used, healthy condition. Those who look to buy these items should know that these compasses will most probably have scratches. The luster of an antique compass will always be present, however, due to the metal’s natural resistance to rust. 

Brass and bronze are two of the most popular metals to make antique compasses from. The reason for choosing these two metals was because brass and bronze both resisted the sea salt corrosion so common with other metals. Silver could also be used, especially in the case of compasses used in the mountains. Silver was more common in populated areas because it resisted germs and bacteria naturally. Silver could also be used as friction for lighting fires on flint. Makers of older compasses therefore recommended silver compasses for city people and brass for those on the sea. Despite the wears of time, an antique compass stays strong when made from these gracefully-aging metals, which makes these very popular nautical gifts

Modern compasses tend to be much larger than their older brethren. The materials needed to craft a compass were rare in days passed, and in order to compensate for this many a maker would reduce the size of the overall compass. The size of the older compass models did not make them more inexpensive. Competition on the free markets of the old world drove many types of compasses and their prices down. It was a captain’s duty to pass down their trusted compass to their first mate when the time came for retirement. The details on these sorts of gifted compasses was exquisite yet functional. Families whose lifeblood centered around the ocean would commonly have a father who passed a compass down to his son. If you are so lucky to buy an antique compass of this sort, initials embossed onto the back will be the true indication of the compass’s age. 

With its rustic charm, an antique compass is responsible for integrating a bit more historical flavor and authenticity to a room. With a little bit of oil and elbow grease, these items will be kept looking good as new for a long time to come. 

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