Original British WWI Royal Flying Corp Sketching Board with Compass
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 (which is partially missing on this example) and a scroll of paper wrapped and the two brass tubes on either side.
The board is in overall very good condition with the only defects being the partial missing strap but come complete with a roll of paper. 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 is 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.
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 roll, a quality manufactured item and a most unusual item to find from 1914-1918.
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