An extremely rare example of the Francis Barker M-72. The Francis Barker M-72 Prismatic Marching compass was a direct descendant of the legendary MK III that was in use throughout the second world war. Produced in the UK in 1972, it was a development of the M-71 which was introduced in 1971 and was one of the last Barker compasses to feature a mother of pearl card. The M-72 was only made during 1972, in very limited quantities, before being replaced by the M-73 in 1973. The M-73 remains in production today, is still regarded as the world's finest liquid prismatic compass, and is standard military issue with many armed forces. The M-72 was very similar to the M-71, with a brass case and lid. Most of the M-71 and M-72 compasses were totally unmarked, or in very rare cases, like this one, had the wording 'Pat. Appd. For’ and a NATO stock number engraved on the base. Almost all of the M-72 compasses were exported to Australia. (Further details of the M-72 can be found at Paul Crespel’s excellent website: trademarklondon.com)
(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. It looks like it has never been used. There is just one small mark above the NATO stock number on the base. The night lights have now expired, and would need to be renewed if the compass was to be used in total darkness. In all other respects the compass is in excellent ‘as new’ condition.