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1602154068Code 6723 Usanite compassSmall pocket and travel compass made of chromed brass, supplied to the US army during the First World War; the lid is engraved ENG. DEPT. USA 1917. Compass in the shape of a pocket watch, equipped with a lid with snap closure with release button inside the ring, the instrument consisting of a magnetized needle free to rotate on a horizontal plane marking the direction of magnetic North. Signed Usanite N.Y. Rochester Pat Apr 20-1915. Compass card with 8 winds. Diameter 4.5 cm - 1.7 inches, thickness 1.2 cm - 0.3 inches. Excellent condition, fully functional.

The Greeks and the Romans didn't know the possibility to use magnetic fields for orient, but this possibility probably was known by the Chinese people: about in 2600 B.C. Hoang-Ti the emperor won Tchi-Yeou the prince using a magic cart, the See-Nan (cart indicating the South), finding the way of escape of the enemy that has been covered by smoke: on this cart there was a rotating human shaped figure with an arm stretched indicating the South (obviously indicating the North too, but the South was the most important cardinal point for the Chinese people). The Chinese people used magnetic fields also for spectacles: throwing magnetized arrows like dice, they indicated south like a magic, amazing the public.

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