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Francis Barker M-72 Prismatic Compass

Francis Barker M-72 Prismatic Compass

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An extremely rare example of the Francis Barker M-72. The Francis Barker M-72 Prismatic Marching compass was a direct descendant of the legendary MK III that was in use throughout the second world war. Produced in 1972, it was a development of the M-71 which was introduced in 1971 and was one of the last Barker compasses to feature a mother of pearl card. The M-72 was made in very limited quantities, before being replaced by the M-73 in 1973. The M-73 remains in production today and is still regarded as the world's finest liquid prismatic compass. The M-72 was very similar to the M-71, with a brass case and lid. Most of the M-71 and M-72 compasses were totally unmarked, or, like this one, just had the wording 'Pat. Appd. For' engraved on the base. Most of the M-72 compasses were exported to Australia. The compass comes complete with its original fitted leather case.

(Please Note: this compass is not available for shipping to the USA)


The compass is in very good condition and finds North very well. There is some minor wear to the paintwork. The tritium lights have now expired, and would need to be renewed if the compass was to be used in total darkness. In all other respects the compass is in very good condition. The original leather case is in excellent condition.

Dimensions : 85mm x 60mm x 34mm