Antique compass having 1½” painted aluminium floating RGS pattern dial, the chapter ring showing a range of 0-360 degrees, divided to every five degrees and numbered at every twenty degrees, displaying cardinals and intercardinals, north and south highlighted with luminous paint, and marked to the centre with the retailer “Negretti & Zambra, London.” Jewelled suspension under bevelled glass held in rotating bezel with index.
Barrel-form lacquered brass case with engine-turned end rings, suspension post and bow, transit lock. The whole contained within its original leather over wood, mulberry silk and velvet lined case with the Negretti & Zambra cartouche in gold block to inner lid.
The dial clean and crisp, the crystal with very tiny nick, the lacquered brass case retaining most of its original finish, some signs of wear, losses to suspension post and loop. The travel case in excellent condition, embossed with initials “M.R.C.” in gold block. The floating dial swinging freely and finding north easily, the transit lock working well.
This antique compass is the work of Francis Barker for Negretti & Zambra. In very good working condition, a collector’s piece.
Dimensions: 2¼” diameter x 1″ deep
Stock No: SI0853