While many may choose this Compass Rose as a coastal style decorative piece, others will enjoy using it out in the field or sea. It's a fully functional compass. Responding to the Earth's magnetic field, the needle aligns itself to point due north. Used by seafarers for centuries, this interesting nautical device makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves the water and coast. Made of high quality brass, each piece features the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail. The small compass on on a gimbal, which allows rotation, and fitted inside a cylinder drum with antique brass finish. The side of the drum features a simple decorative embossing. Crafted overseas and selected for its outstanding quality. Measures 2.6" x 2.6" x 2.6".