It was my birthday during July. Amongst the usual crop of chocolates, socks and underwear, I received an item which is of much interest to me. Earlier in the year, whilst we visited my sister-in-law, and her husband, we visited an antique store in Henley-on-Thames. We both saw, picked up, and inspected a beautiful hand held pocket compass, in the design of a pocket watch, and in a shiny brass gilt case, complete with its own, apparently age related leather pouch. I commented on how beautiful it was, and how I would love to own it.
SEAL OF THE STATE
In the centre shall be a five-pointed star, with one ray directed
upward. The centre of the star shall contain the central device of the seal of The Territory of Oklahoma including the words "Labor Omnia Vincit" (Labour conquers all), depicts a white man shaking hands with an Indian - symbolizing the merging of cultures. The upper left hand ray shall contain the symbol of the ancient seal of the Cherokee Nation, namely: A seven-pointed star partially surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. The ray directed upward shall contain the symbol of the ancient seal of the Chickasaw Nation, namely: An Indian warrior standing upright with bow and shield. The lower left-hand ray shall contain the symbol of the ancient seal of the Creek Nation, namely a sheaf of wheat and a plough. The upper right hand ray shall contain the symbol of the ancient seal of the Choctaw Nation, namely: A tomahawk, bow, and three crossed arrows. The right hand ray shall contain the symbol of the ancient seal of the Seminole Nation, namely: A village with houses and a factory beside a lake upon which an Indian is paddling a canoe. Surrounding the central star and grouped between its rays, shall be forty-five small stars, divided into five clusters of nine stars each, representing the forty-five states of the Union, to which the forty-sixth is now added (1907). In a circular band surrounding the whole device shall be inscribed: "GREAT SEAL OF T H E STATE OF OKLAHOMA, 1907."
Unfortunately, as this cannot be proved to be the instrument's original case, does not confirm American origin, but, nonetheless, an interesting birthday gift. As readers of this blog might have already gathered, I like antique instruments and compasses.