For antique compasses, which will not be used for navigation aboard a vessel, such as for display on a table, I recommend the removal of the fluid as sealing old compass can be very difficult, if not impossible. I can disassemble the compass and polish it to shine like a piece of jewelry. Although expensive, this is often a very stunning way to display an antique compass.
- Packing a compass for shipping to me for repair is not difficult but you must know that if the compass is leaking it must be securley sealed into a leak proof container or have all the remaining fluid removed before shipping companies will accecpt the shipment. There is always a filler screw on the side of the compass bowel which when removed will allow any remaining fluid to be removed. I will repair the compass and replace the fluid with new before returning the compass back to you.
- Always ship a compass up side down so that the pivot and jewell is less likley to be damaged. The absolute best way to pack a compass is to use foam packing and two boxes. The compass goes in the first box with the packing and the first box goes into the second larger box with additional foam packing below, on all sides of, and on top of the first box. Insure the package for the replacement value of the compass.
- Ship via Fed-X, UPS or USPS Priority Mail to me. Include your name, address and contact information. I will call you after I repair your compass to get your credit card information before returning your compass to you.