Original U.S. WWII Paratrooper Wrist Compass by Superior Magneto Corp - Dated 1944
Original Item: Only One Available. A genuine WW2 issue wrist compass as used by Airborne troops on D-Day. This is a wartime model, as clearly indicated by the date on the side of the case: 11-44. This fully functional example is in very good condition and nicely marked on the reverse:
SUPERIOR MAGNETO CORP.
L.I. City N.Y.
This compass, official known as Compass, Wrist, Liquid-filled, was made by two manufacturers, Superior Magneto and Taylor. The compass was usually seen worn on the wrist (duh!), but also over the sleeve, the shoulder loops, webbing, or at the ankle over the jump boots. Wrist compasses were used both by officers and enlisted men, unlike the lensatic compass, or marching compass, which was normally reserved for officers, NCO’s or men on a special mission.
This is a wartime model, as clearly indicated by the date on the side of the case: 11-44. It is in very nice condition and with a web strap. On this Superior Magneto models, there are 4 round holes, and no arrow, all set between and not on the compass directions. Inside, there’s no spiral and the needle is of a slightly different design. As with the Taylor, it was tipped with luminous paint, but it no longer holds a glow. Like the Taylor, it has a white painted arrow on the glass (plexiglass), but the designs of the arrows are different. The arrows are not just painted or transferred onto the glass, but engraved into the glass and filled with white paint.
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