William Oakes

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I have acquired this compass.
I'm quite certain that it is a replica.
It is rather large, almost 4 inches across and well made.
The auction site that i purchased it from listed it as a Will and Finck compass.
They didn't provide any other information.
I'm curious to see if the brain trust in this group can shed any light on this item?
Thanking you in advance for your consideration!
 

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I don't disagree.
I wonder why I don't see more of this one....
They made a lot of different commerative compasses for Titanic. But none the less it is a good looking compass. They did well on the antique look and looks too big to have gone thru a goose so give them credit for that.
 
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I remember that I saw such a compass at auction on ebay long time ago. Possibly it was this one. However looking at the plaque it looks as if someone made it and put it on it. Might be that the compass is genuine and they plaque was put up later or even to make money.
We have seen all this happened before. At the moment there is one guy who is selling genuine silverware but had engraved on each a WSL flag claiming to be from Olympic at first and now that they were from White Star Line.
 
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A question for you mariners...would a crew man or bridge officer even use a pocket compass like the one pictured? Wasn't there a fixed compass they used for taking siteings? Or did they use the pocket ones with their sextants? If this is going off topic for the thread please move it...thanks.
 
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Georges Guay

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Sorry but never ever! Here is what a lifeboat compass would look like ...

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Hand held compass were only used in the army ...
 

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Just to give you an idea, I wanted to buy that shipbuilder plate. The only problem is that they would let it go for 20,000us dollars, taxes, insurance and shipping excluded!!! When you talk about Titanic related genuine artifact, you better be wealthy ….
 

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Yes crazy prices and I'm sure somebody bought it. When they tore down the power plant I worked at there were all kinds of large brass info plaques on the boilers and everything GE made had GENERAL ELECTRIC cast aluminum or brass plaques on the equipt. Probably 90% pf those ended up on the scrap pile. Nobody even thought to save them. Didn't know at the time but there is a market for that stuff. Collectors eat that stuff up. I saved one large one that came off one of the main generators. Its on my shop wall. Figured I was due a trinket after 30 years there. I've been offered a good chunnk of change for it but won't part with it. I gave a few smaller ones I had grabbed to fellow employee's when we left.
 
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