The U.S. Army Sun Compass was produced during WW2 in the early 1940s by Abrams
The exterior of the box is painted olive drab and the lid is lettered:
C. of E.
The C. of E. stands for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for military compasses and
In World War II the SC-1 was used in the North African desert by the Long Range Desert Patrol (the famed Desert Rats) and other American, British or Australian units. Other uses were in B-24 Liberator bombers and by Army ground troops in the Philippines. It is reported to have been used through the 1970s for polar region expeditions where magnetic readings are unreliable or in the Sahara desert.