Gift-Boxed Brass Compass

Our brass compass makes a great personalized gift idea for men and women.


Handcrafted of solid brass, this exquisite compass was inspired by an antique pocket model, once commonly used by geologists and engineers, and harkens back to the days when the instruments of exploration were works of art as well as survival tools. Beautifully presented in a handsome rosewood box, it is sure to be a well-received gift. This compass is functional but not scientifically calibrated for field use. Can be express shipped after personalization. Personalize the box lid with laser engraving, up to 20 letters including spaces. Imported.
1½"H x 3½"L x 3¼"W.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 31 reviews


30 of 31 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    awesome purchase - 12/25/2014
    By: from Bristol Va


  • 5/5

    My compass - 12/13/2014

    My compass is just what I wanted and it filled my need!

  • 5/5

    Gorgeous, Solid, a Treasure - 11/6/2014

    This compass is heavy and made of real wood and brass. It's absolutely gorgeous!

  • 5/5

    Excellent Product - 10/21/2014
    By: from California

    I purchased this as a nice display piece. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well made and appealing it was . The case is perfect and this makes a great conversation piece in our living room.

  • 5/5

    Wow! - 5/22/2014
    By: from Howell, NJ

    This was exactly what I was looking for. I couldn't believe the quality and care that went into creating this great compass. What a gift!

  • 5/5

    Beautiful Craftsmanship! - 4/17/2014
    By: from Alberta, Canada

    I recently purchased the Gift Boxed Solid Brass Compass for my son as a gradution gift. He loves history and is in the process of navigating his way through law school. The fine attention to historical detail, exceptional quality (solid brass) and the personalized Rosewood Box made it the perfect gift and commemorative keepsake.

  • 4/5

    gift - 4/7/2014
    By: from Laredo Texas

    It was a wonderful gift to my son. In Boy Scouts he just learned to use the compass.

  • 5/5

    Great Graduation gift - 2/14/2014

    I bought this as a graduation gift for my brother when he graduated from the University. I was extremely happy with how well it looked. A great gift.

  • 5/5

    Great Gift! - 1/15/2014
    By: from Colorado

    This compass makes an excellent gift! My father loved it and the personalized engraving made it special. The craftsmanship is solid and it does actually work, although it might take some time to figure out how to properly use it. It is made of wood and brass, no cheap plastic or anything of the sort at all! Also, the packaging used to ship it in ensured it arrived in perfect condition. It's a great item to keep in the family and pass down.

  • 5/5

    Thoroughly Satisfied - 1/15/2014
    By: from Woodbridge, VA

    The quality of this compass captured my attention in my local Orvis store. The fact that I could have it personalized for my son had great appeal. He recently commissioned as an Army officer and was headed to a faraway post. I gave him this compass with this note: "So you can always find your way home." He loved the gift!

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Brass Engineer's Compass

A brief history

Invented in the 19th century, the pocket transit engineer’s compass was widely employed by the British military. Engineers, surveyors, archaeologists, and geologists extensively used specialized compasses like this one for mapping and exploring the vast British Empire.

Originally manufactured by Stanley & Evans of London, the production of surveying compasses spread throughout the Empire to advance their use in charting the subcontinent colonies. The closest reproduction of a genuine antique compass available, the brass replica offered here is an authentic instrument crafted by descendents of one of the original manufacturers in India. Each British Engineer’s Compass is hand tooled and in perfect operating condition.

Important in charting accurate degree and angle measurements in the field, the pocket transit calculates the angle in directional degree measurements (azimuth) between a reference plane and a specific point. These measurements were vital to the British Military in many practical applications including navigation, astronomy, mapping, mining and artillery.

Operation instructions

Open lid to a 90-degree angle. Sight through the hairline in the center of the lid onto a major land structure. Using a topographical map, determine your position and the course to take from that point. This compass also features an inclinometer, which calculates the degree of a slope. To use this function, place the compass on its side and adjust the levels inside by turning the knob on the back. When the level is balanced, take the reading inside to determine the gradient.

Note: This compass is functional but not scientifically calibrated for field use.

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