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RFC Pattern 256 Aviation Compass - Click for the bigger picture

RFC Pattern 256 Aviation Compass

A very scarce example from the early days of aviation. This instrument is marked on the dial C.O. Aerocompass indicating it was designed by Captain F. O. Creagh-Osbourne, who was Superintendent of compasses at the Admiralty who produced the first aircraft compass in 1909. In addition to pattern 256 it is also marked with the number 646. The brass "diver's helmet" bowl contains a coloured 0-360 compass ring fitted on a jewelled pivot. When aircraft mounted the compass would have been suspended on a circular sprung mount while this item is display mounted on a mahogany board. The compass card is suspended in oil which contains a small air bubble. Measures 9" high (23 cm)

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