Small Georgian Pocket Compass SI2194
Small Georgian Pocket Compass SI2194
Small Georgian Pocket Compass SI2194

A scarce, miniature antique pocket compass by Robert Brettell Bate, London c1825

Miniature pocket compass having 1¼” hand-drawn paper dial showing the cardinals, intercardinals and false points, fleur de lys to indicate north, decorated centre with the maker’s details, “Bate, London.” Blued steel flat needle, marked “N” and “S” in gilt, suspended on a crown brass pivot. Flat glass contained within a brass bezel, held within a brass drum form case with push-fit lid.

Condition: The paper dial aged but clear. The bright blued needle swinging freely, and finding north easily. The original glass, with original casting flaws, damage-free. The brass case with marks and patina commensurate with age and use.

Comments: This is a rare and attractive compass from the early part of the 19th century, particularly unusual in its very small size, and from a very well-respected maker and retailer of scientific instruments. Although 200 years old, it is in very good working order.

A lovely antique compass in above average condition. One for the collector.

Dimensions: 1½" diameter x ½" deep

Stock No: SI2194

Price: £250