Local antiques dealer James Loessberg has stumbled upon a relic of World War II naval history. He now has in his possession a compass from the battleship U.S.S. Baltimore.
Loessberg acquired the compass through the purchase of a roomful of restored Victorian furniture in San Antonio.
After agreeing on a price for the room, he began removing the furniture in preparation for transport. The compass was then discovered under a sofa.
Also in the room was a scope from the U.S.S. Cleveland, another World War II-era battleship.
Loessberg paid an additional $20 for the compass. He has owned the item for the last six months.
“I’ve enjoyed it and I’ll probably continue to enjoy it for a while,” he said, although selling the compass is not out of the question.
“Something my dad taught me: You never get too attached to anything because it’s not what’s important in life,” he said.
The of rest this story is restricted to subscribers only.