This website doesn't deal with
ancient instruments which are
thouroughly described in other excellent virtual museums like EPACT or
NMM (see LINKS).
Now that soon most people will
only think of GPS when hearing
the word orientation, we thought it might be interesting to give an
overview of some sorts of (magnetic) compasses that were in use until
past (see NOTE below).
The exhibits are allocated to ten different categories (see pictures in
the LOBBY): from nautical to aeronautical, marching, wrist,
geological and artillery, pocket, religious compasses and, last but not
least, to the unclassifiable ones like jewelry and other objects for
everyday use. Most pictures can be enlarged by a simple click on them.
You can compare two different objects if you leave the windows open ...
but don't forget to close the windows afterwards.
Many manufacturers could be identified. They are listed in the menu
point SEARCH and at the
beginning of some categories and are linked to their products. Other
compasses still lack identification. You will discover them while
Because of the enormous number of manufacturers who participated in the
development of these instruments, this modest museum cannot describe
all of them. Some companies are only represented by a picture of a
typical product sent by a visitor. For more information, we direct you
to some good addresses (see LINKS).
The LOBBY button leads to the museum's entrance where the visit can
begin after a category has been selected. This is done by clicking on
the relevant picture.
We wish you a pleasant visit.
You can help the museum to fill the gaps. Each contribution is welcome
and valuable. Write an e-mail to the Compass Museum's curator (CONTACT),
if you can deliver a missing information or if you
have noticed a mistake.