After getting lost on the back roads of northern Illinois a couple of times, I swore to keep a compass or GPS in or on the car. . Found this one today. . The only purpose I can think for the pin is to attach it to a canvas canteen cover or something.. Any ideas on its origin?
I'm going to mount it on the dash of the ol' brass picup to replace the cheesy Chinese repro there now.
Those were for hunters to pin to their coats when going into the woods. Everyone here in Michigan used to have them way back.
Ive got one of those compasses that my Dad gave me maybe 39 years ago. He told me that you used the pin to go into your boot laces, so that when you were hunting, you could just look down to see where you were going and not have to put down your rifle.
If you pinned it to your coat, it would usually point to your rifle!
Just like the one I have from the '60's, its still pinned on my insulated hunting jacket, don't wear that one in FL much!
Great stuff Gent's.!! Respectfully and appreciated.
Your right Tim,just rember to keep the gun away from it if you want to know which way!! Bud.
I got gypped. The liquid is gone, and I paid ten times that much...
Thanks, guys, for the info.
Up here in Minnesota, the hunters used a Norwegian compass. It consisted of a Copenhagen Snus can with a mirror in the bottom. Doesn't tell you where to go, just shows you who's lost.<grin>
That one is mfd by Marbles who made pocket hatchets, gun cleaning rods etc. I've had one foe 40 years and it still works. John
Warren, Good thing about carrying a Norwegian compass, is that you get to enjoy a whole tin of Cope before you figure out that your lost.
And,as my grampa Osmund, always said "I'm Norwegian enough, I don't need to eat lutefisk to prove it"
When lost in South Dakota, us Norwegians always find a Swede who's also lost and travel in the opposite direction! Works every time!