A rare example of the DICI version of the Francis Barker M-73, made for Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard c.1975. The Francis Barker M-73 Prismatic Marching compass is a direct descendant of the legendary MK III that was in use throughout the second world war. Produced in the UK since 1973, the M-73 was a development of the M-71 and M-72. The M-72 was only made during 1972, in very limited quantities, before being replaced by the M-73 in 1973. The M-73 remains in production today, is still regarded as the world's finest liquid prismatic compass, and is standard military issue with many armed forces.
The DICI version is calibrated in 6000 mils rather than the standard 6400 mils. It has the wording 'M-73 Pat. AppL.’, DICI serial No. AQ 643, 'Made in UK' and the Iraqi Army 'Jayish' symbol engraved on the base. (Thanks to Paul Crespel for the above information on the Iraqi M-73. Further details of the DICI M-73 can be found in Trade Mark London (p.270) at Paul’s excellent website: trademarklondon.com)
(Please Note: this compass is not available for shipping to the USA)
The compass is in very good condition, in good working order, and finds North very well. There are a few marks to the paintwork. The night 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.