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Dennison Mk V

Read more about these popular compasses in the article on WWI Pocket watch compasses.

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WWII Pocket compass

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Singers patent

In my view Singer's Patent was an iconic design of the 1860's.  So who was Singer?

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World War 1 prismatic compasses prove very popular at auction, but what were their origins?

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Old Italian compass

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Book Reviews

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The WWI pocket watch compass - continued
    

Lid and case numbers

To date I have found no formal records that detail the numbers issued or the allocation of serial numbers.  I was told by one dealer that all the records were kept in London and were destroyed during the blitz of WWII.   What I am able to do from my own records is identify partial ranges of the serial numbers used.

There are two numbers, one appears to be issued to the supplier and is stamped on the outside lid of the case.  The other is a case number that when used is stamped fully on the inside of the lid and the last four digits on the rim of the lower part of the case. I presume that this was done to ensure the case and lid matched.

Lid numbers

The following supplier lid numbers are identified from my own records.  There is no clear pattern to the numbering scheme, other than I have yet to identify two compasses from different suppliers with the same lid numbers.  Even if there are overlapping number ranges, each lid number appears to be unique to the compass and a specific supplier.  The shaded cell denotes that I have identified a record of such a compass.  These numbers indicate the upper and lower numbers and as you can see there is overlap between suppliers.

     

Supplier

1905 1909 1910 1911 1914

1915

1916

1917

1918

Dennison

         

 

71987>119040

10566>121144

76840>195647

Terrasse Watch Co

         

 

 

 

27122>92561

Sherwood

         

32944>58655

58837>60059

 

 

Ed Koehn

         

6526>38932

 

 

 

R J Hopgood

         

 

 

 

2994>3558

Anglo Swiss Association

         

41388>68537

 

 

 

L Kamm & Co

         

20553>50944

 

 

 

F Barker & Son

         

 

 

18749>19490

 

C Haseler & Son

         

 

75861>93155

 

4837>8677

J Hicks        

9021>10737

       

Clement Clarke

         

 

 

 

35707>38729

Short & Mason

42

1658

3035>3220

4378>4922

 

 

70655>112095

 

 

Stanley

         

 

 

106738>125014

 

F Barton & Co

         

 

 

1672

 

W F Holmes

         

 

 

 

42793>43581

 

Dennison case numbers

It is possible to find compasses without the case number and presumably these are not Dennison made cases.  For a Dennison case there are two sets of numbers, one with a suffix W and the other with a suffix M.  To all intents and purposes there is no discernable difference between cases marked M and W.  The numbers on Dennison cases are clearly marked and presumably the practise of marking both the lid and the rim is so that they can be matched.  The Dennison cases are made in three pieces, a bottom cover, a rim that includes the locking and transit mechanism and the top cover.  These all clip together with the bottom cover being a very tight fit.

 

Case numberRim number

Supplier

1905 1909 1910 1911 1914

1915

1916

1917

1918

Dennison

         

 

28519M~102084M

47548W~100105W

119044M~171916M

143808W~168585W

171482M~202812M

177583W~192716W

Terrasse Watch Co

         

 

 

 

no case nos

Sherwood

         

no case nos

no case nos

 

 

Ed Koehn

         

no case nos

 

 

 

R J Hopgood

         

 

 

 

104790M~112863M

Anglo Swiss Association

         

no case nos

 

 

 

L Kamm & Co

         

no nos ~15548W

 

 

 

F Barker & Son

         

 

 

130220M~131604M

117245W

 

C Haseler & Son

         

 

 64431M

42469W

 

 106975M~110975M

110221W

J Hicks         3442        

Clement Clarke

         

 

 

 

140758M~147434M

Short & Mason

no case nos

no case nos

no case nos

no case nos

 

 

56083M~61643M

58276W~71678W

 

 

Stanley

         

 

 

68694M~68710M

87483W

 

F Barton & Co

         

 

 

no case nos

 

W F Holmes

         

 

 

 

150626M~156233M

155301W

All data is taken from my own records.

Conclusion on numbering

My conclusion on the numbering is that case numbers were used uniquely on cases manufactured by Dennison and that lid numbers were probably issued centrally to all those who distributed this style of pocket compasses.

Acknowledgements

[1] British Library Henry Hughes & Son Ltd 1910 Catalogue and various document searches.

   
 

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