A rare limited edition Francis Barker M-73 presentation compass. Made in England by Pyser Optics of Edenbridge in Kent, who now own the Barker name and manufacture the M-88 and M-73 compasses. This is the top of the range polished and laquered solid brass M-73 model, intended to be a very special gift or centrepiece. Each compass is individually numbered on the base: this is No. 319. This beautiful compass comes complete with its original fitted leather pouch.
Manufacturer's Description: The M-73 Brass Presentation model is built to full military specifications. It will operate with precision accuracy to within half a degree, in temperatures from 55°C (131°F) down to -30°C (-22°F). It is shock resistant, and built to withstand the roughest and toughest conditions you are likely to encounter anywhere in the world.
The Francis Barker M-73 compass is a direct descendant of the legendary Mk III that was in use throughout the second world war. Produced in the UK, it was a development of the Barker M-71 and M-72 compasses which were made in very limited quantities from 1971-72, before being replaced by the M-73 in 1973. The M-73 remains in production today, is regarded as the world's finest liquid prismatic compass, and is standard military issue with many armed forces. Further details of the M-73 can be found at Paul Crespel’s excellent website: trademarklondon.com, and full specifications can be found at the Pyseroptics.com website.
(Please Note: this compass is not available for shipping to the USA)
The compass is in excellent, near mint condition, in full working order, and finds North very well. The luminous night lights have now expired and no longer 'glow in the dark'. In all other respects the compass is pretty much 'as new'. The leather case is in excellent condition.