Antique compass having 1½” diameter enamelled card marked “J. White” and “Glasgow,” applied black cardinal, intercardinals and false points. Polished flat steel bar needle with jewelled suspension, highly-polished reflector ring, convex crystal. All within a gilded brass barrel form case with suspension post and bow. Transit button to stem. Contained within its original, green velvet-lined, moroccan leather-covered case with gilt brass keeper.
This most attractive antique compass remains in completely original condition. The gilding and crystal with light abrasions, some losses to the gold-plating on suspension post and bow, the leather case modestly worn retaining a good proportion of original finish, the velvet vibrant. Crisp overall.
The needle swinging freely and finding north easily, the transit lock working correctly. A very good and sought-after example.
James White is recorded as working at 78 Union Street, Glasgow between 1869-1875. He held the appointment of instrument maker to the University of Glasgow.
Dimensions: 2″ diameter x ½” deep
Stock No: SI0942