Original British WWI Royal Flying Corp Named Officer Sketching Board with Compass with Leather Case - Verner's Patent
Original Item: Only One Available. This type of sketching board was used by British cavalrymen and Royal Flying Corps observers to sketch enemy positions, trenches, landscape features, and record data during the First World War. The board would be strapped to the wearers forearm via a leather strap to the rear and a scroll of paper wrapped and the two brass tubes on either side. The board is in overall very good condition with a complete strap. The compass works and points in a northerly direction.
Wooden frame measuring 10" tall by 7" wide. It has a built in compass in the center of the top and two brass posts on either side between which would hang a roll of brown note paper. The tops of the two brass posts have winders so the observer can easily roll a free writing surface into view.
Compass is nicely marked:
The back of the board is marked:
R. BERKS. R.
28 GROSVENOR TERRACE; BOOTHAM
Various numerical stamps to the front and a protractor to the rear. Clearly a very useful aviation item for taking notes of enemy positions from the air. In very fine condition complete with paper, a quality manufactured item and a most unusual item to find from 1914-1918.
Aloso included is the custom leather carry case complete with carry strap. The inside of the case reads:
R. BERKS. R.
att. 3rd Bn. K.R.R.C
28 GROSVENOR TERRACE;
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