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Discussion: Compass Question

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Jan 31, 2017 2:20 AM # 
I've had this compass since I was a kid, so I guess it's over 50 years old. There have been a couple of things about it that have been a mystery to me for over half a century, and I hoping they will finally be solved here.

1. What does PIC mean?
2. What is the small arrow for that is pointing at about 343 degrees?
Jan 31, 2017 2:32 AM # 
Similar one shown here:

I'd hazard a guess that the small arrow pointed to true north at the time the compass was made (similar to the true north/magnetic north declination arrows on topo maps.
Jan 31, 2017 8:34 AM # 
Send an email to the online Compass Museum.
Jan 31, 2017 3:28 PM # 
I agree with JanetT the little arrow is a declination. If this compass was made during WWII this declination marking is consistent with the compass being intended for use on the eastern front. However, the word GEMANY indicates it was intended for an English speaking market, so that rules out WWII. So, given this little arrow my best guess is the compass was intended for sale in California. PIC where C = California?
Jan 31, 2017 5:13 PM # 
PIC is the company name, like Silva.
Jan 31, 2017 5:18 PM # 
That was my guess too. Googling PIC didnĀ“t help though since that must have been a long time ago. The only PIC (in Germany) was founded in 1979...
Jan 31, 2017 5:50 PM # 
Thanks for the info. I thought the small arrow might have something to do with true north, but I assumed that it wouldn't be correct everywhere. I don't remember where or when I bought it, but I think it was in the 60's, probably in Pennsylvania, but if I bought it at the end of the 60's, it's possible I bought it in Florida. If I bought it in California, my memory is worse then I thought ;-)
Jan 31, 2017 6:13 PM # 
I googled PIC compass or such and found some on ebay or some other antique website. do the same and you can find a pic of their logo(a pyramid) and a couple other compasses they made...
Feb 1, 2017 12:02 AM # 
Looks more like a mountain than a pyramid to me, but I only found a tiny picture.
Feb 1, 2017 3:00 AM # 
Thanks again. I see one just like mine on Ebay, except I'm missing the small external ring.


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