Original U.S. WWII Paratrooper Wrist Compass by Superior Magneto Corporation with Leather Wristband
Original Item: Only One Available. A genuine WWII issue wrist compass as used by Airborne troops on D-Day. This fully functional example is in very good condition and nicely marked on the reverse:
CORPS OF ENGINEERS
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, 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 example features a correct leather early war issue wristband, which definitely does show some service wear. The leather is stained from use, and has some cracking in the finish, which gives it a lovely patina. The compass itself is totally functional, the needle points north and the case can turn. The compass is no longer liquid filled, and the crystal is still clear and crack free. Overall condition is very good. These have become increasingly difficult to find on the market over the past decade.
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