A very rare and attractive high quality Georgian style short necked gilt brass compass by Abraham & Co, Liverpool in leather case c1835

Rare William IV Gilt Brass Compass by Abraham & Co c1835


Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835A scarce, high quality, 1¼” diameter gilt brass pocket compass having enamelled card dial with hand painted cardinals, intercardinals and false points, the upper part marked “Abraham & Co,” the lower part “Liverpool.” Polished flat steel bar needle with jewelled suspension, highly-polished reflector ring, bevelled convex crystal. Gilt brass barrel form case with central rib, short-necked suspension post and Georgian-style bow, transit lock button. Contained within its original, dark cerise velvet and silk-lined, moroccan leather-covered case with brass keeper.

The compass remaining in completely original condition, with virtually all its gilding, very slight marks to verso and losses to bow, the crystal near-perfect, the leather case modestly worn with repair to hinge, retaining a good proportion of original finish. Crisp overall.

This most attractive signed compass is very unusual, being of smaller size and having a typical Georgian bow but with a shorter suspension post. The gilding, tested as gold, may have been applied using the newly invented gold plating technique, but more likely to have been a result of the traditional amalgamation process as the cast brass bow and suspension post bear casting marks which plating would have hidden to a greater degree. Although the carat is not known, the richness of the colour would suggest 18ct gold.

In wonderful original condition, this antique pocket compass is very much a collector’s piece.

Abraham & Co is recorded as working in Liverpool from 1817 to 1875. Important instrument makers, Abraham & Co exhibited at The Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851. (Banfield, Barometers Makers & Retailers, 1660-1900)

Dimensions: 1½” diameter x ½” deep

Stock No: SI0753

Price: £650

Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835
Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835
Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835
Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835
Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835
Image of Antique Pocket Compass by Abraham c1835





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