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    Afternoon folks,

    A friend of mine in Oz sent me the following:

    I've just come across what I believe could be an aviation/navigation/chart compass of sorts made by the Ontario Hughes Owens Co. Ltd, Ottawa, Canada Type W.D. 32 No. W1380. I can't find anything on the net about this. It is painted dark grey, has glass top and bottom
    (presumably for light access-the compass card is suspended in the middle),liquid filled, solid brass, but with its own form of concertina/shock absorber near the bottom. It has its own light grey wooden carry case with the words "Delicate Instrument Handle With Care".

    Does anybody know what this is?

    TIA,

    Dave

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    Canadian engineers of my generation immediately recognize the Hughes Owens name as a Canadian manufacturer and importer of slide rules, and assorted drafting and surveying equipment. The brand named disappeared in the 1980s, following several mergers and buy-outs. There is an archive page of sorts, http://www.sphere.bc.ca/test/ho/hoarc1.html , but it only covers slide rules.

    A quick look at eBay shows a removed listing for a Hughes Owens W.D.32 boxed military compass, WWII. There area few other H-O items listed, like a drafting table and several slide rules.

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