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This antique and heavy-duty wing compass - sometimes called simply a compass, divider, calipers or protractor - is a very rare find and is in excellent working order.

In superb condition, this highly collectible piece would make a superb gift for anyone with a keen interest in woodworking, carpentry or joinery ... either to add to an existing collection of antique and vintage tools or to begin one.

It has no maker's mark but bears the owner's name, J C Gliddon (b.1879), who was one of my great, great uncles and was employed at the Islington Railway Workshops in Adelaide, South Australia.

The wing compass is a geometric tool used in woodworking. Its pair of dividers are made of steel, with the legs sharpened to points. The legs are adjustable via a steel wing and can be fixed at a required radius by means of a set screw.

This piece is in excellent vintage condition given its age - a very tiny amount of wear only (see last photo) and this may well clean off ... but I'll leave the decision to clean it or not to its new owner.

This wing compass weighs 1120 grams (approx 2 lbs 10 oz); is 40 cm (15.75 inches); and 11 cm (4.5 inches) wide (legs closed, including wing). It extends to 90 degrees when fully open.

This compass would make a fabulous industrial statement piece or art display - mounted on a wall, placed on a bookshelf or used as a paperweight.



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ANTIQUE industrial wing compass, carpenter compass - measuring tool


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: metal
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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