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  1. #1
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    Default Riding compass/ hunting compass

    Hi everyone. I was hoping that the collective knowledge of this part of the forum might be able to help me. I was at an antique shop on the weekend drooling over a very nice charm which was a working compass. The owner of the shop was telling me about riding or hunting compasses, which she had heard about but never seen. Apparently they were more common in Britain and were worn by the gentlemen and ladies while out hunting (or riding I guess) on fob chains so that the hunt or rider could find their way home. They tended to be made of gun metal, but sometimes overlaid with rode gold.

    Now, this woman had never seen one, I've googled and come up with nothing, but I wondered if anyone here had heard of one/ seen one/ owned one. It just strikes me as being potentially a rather lovely piece of both jewelry and horse memorabilia.
    Riding: the gentle art of keeping the horse between yourself and the ground.



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    No-one? Are they mythical items then? I'm going to have to keep hunting, and maybe try a British forum I guess?
    Riding: the gentle art of keeping the horse between yourself and the ground.



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    Try the Horse and Hound hunting forum.
    http://http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=61"]URL="http://http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=61"]http://http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=61[/URL][/URL]



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    http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forum...splay.php?f=61

    Maybe this one will work. Hard to do this on my phone.



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    If you search ebay for "antique pocket compass" you might see what you are looking for.

    A compass intended to be worn on a chain or string is a pretty common item. I don't know what "rode gold" is or how common ones with specific horse or hound engravings might be, but a 19th century pocket compass in the same form as a 19th century pocket watch is not uncommon.



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    I think she perhaps meant to type "rose gold":



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