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Invented thousands of years ago, the compass opened the world to exploration and discovery. Today the compass still is a basic tool, a magnetized needle rotating on a vertical pin, pointing at the Earth's magnetic North, but this instrument of exploration changed the world. <br> <br> This small wooden compass is a replica of that used by Lewis & Clark, two American explorers, in their journey across the uncharted territories of North- Western America on the famous 1804-06 expedition. The original compass and case used by Clark is beautifully reproduced here in walnut-wood and brass. <br> <br> By the time Lewis was making his readings, the compass already had an ancient lineage. It was not so much an invented technology, but more a natural phenomenon discovered and applied. In China, around 200 B.C., it was observed that lodestones could be used as a directional aid. Not until the fourth century A.D. were magnetized needles used in place of lodestones, and another 600 years would pass before a compass was used to navigate a ship. When the compass finally reached Europe, probably by the Silk Road during the 12th century, it freed ships from their reliance on the stars (not always visible) and captains' inclinations to restrict their journeys by staying within sight of coastlines. The modern age of exploration was born, and when Lewis bought the compass in Philadelphia in 1803, he was not only equipping himself with an instrument no explorer would leave home without, but with a simple, elegant tool that drew such fearless souls as Magellan, Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci to the farthest corners of the earth.

A wooden compass ornament inspired by the original used by American explorers Lewis and Clark in the early 1800s.

Based on the tool used by Lewis and Clark on their journey across the unchartered territories of north-western America, this beautiful compass has been faithfully reproduced in walnut wood and brass.

Developed and honed over thousands of years, the compass is a basic, yet incredibly useful tool, which utilises a magnetised needle rotating on a vertical pin to point to the Earth’s magnetic north. The instrument was a key invention in advancing world exploration. The first early form of the compass harks to 200 BC China, where lodestones were used as directional aids. By the 4th century AD, magnetised needles had replaced the lodestones, and by around the 12th century, the complete compass was used on ships as an official navigational tool.

An inspiring gift based on one of mankind’s great inventions.

  • Product Code: CMCN442020
  • Product Weight: 0.14Kg
  • Dimensions: H3x W8 x L8cm
  • Material: Walnut wood, brass compass point
  • Postage Weight: 0.18 Kg

Invented thousands of years ago, the compass opened the world to exploration and discovery. Today the compass still is a basic tool, a magnetized needle rotating on a vertical pin, pointing at the Earth's magnetic North, but this instrument of exploration changed the world. <br> <br> This small wooden compass is a replica of that used by Lewis & Clark, two American explorers, in their journey across the uncharted territories of North- Western America on the famous 1804-06 expedition. The original compass and case used by Clark is beautifully reproduced here in walnut-wood and brass. <br> <br> By the time Lewis was making his readings, the compass already had an ancient lineage. It was not so much an invented technology, but more a natural phenomenon discovered and applied. In China, around 200 B.C., it was observed that lodestones could be used as a directional aid. Not until the fourth century A.D. were magnetized needles used in place of lodestones, and another 600 years would pass before a compass was used to navigate a ship. When the compass finally reached Europe, probably by the Silk Road during the 12th century, it freed ships from their reliance on the stars (not always visible) and captains' inclinations to restrict their journeys by staying within sight of coastlines. The modern age of exploration was born, and when Lewis bought the compass in Philadelphia in 1803, he was not only equipping himself with an instrument no explorer would leave home without, but with a simple, elegant tool that drew such fearless souls as Magellan, Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci to the farthest corners of the earth.

A wooden compass ornament inspired by the original used by American explorers Lewis and Clark in the early 1800s.

Based on the tool used by Lewis and Clark on their journey across the unchartered territories of north-western America, this beautiful compass has been faithfully reproduced in walnut wood and brass.

Developed and honed over thousands of years, the compass is a basic, yet incredibly useful tool, which utilises a magnetised needle rotating on a vertical pin to point to the Earth’s magnetic north. The instrument was a key invention in advancing world exploration. The first early form of the compass harks to 200 BC China, where lodestones were used as directional aids. By the 4th century AD, magnetised needles had replaced the lodestones, and by around the 12th century, the complete compass was used on ships as an official navigational tool.

An inspiring gift based on one of mankind’s great inventions.

  • Product Code: CMCN442020
  • Product Weight: 0.14Kg
  • Dimensions: H3x W8 x L8cm
  • Material: Walnut wood, brass compass point
  • Postage Weight: 0.18 Kg
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