Loessberg’s furniture find hides World War II compass

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

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.


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