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made in China

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This simple Chinese magnetic compass dates from around 1850.

This small Chinese compass is made from wood, with an artificially-induced magnetic needle. This is protected by glass, and points to one of the 24 Chinese compass points surrounding the bearing pan.

The Chinese knew about the properties of magnets long before they were discovered in the West. Their directional compasses, however, always pointed south.

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