A very rare and attractive high quality William IV short necked gilt brass compass in leather case c1835

Rare William IV Gilt Brass Compass c1835


Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840A scarce, high quality, 1¾” diameter gilt brass hand bearing compass having enamelled card dial with hand painted cardinals, intercardinals and false points. 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, the crystal near-perfect, the leather case modestly worn with light repairs, retaining a good proportion of original finish. Crisp overall.

This most attractive compass is very unusual, 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.

Very much a collector’s piece.

Dimensions: 2″ diameter x ½” deep

Stock No: SI0637

Price: £550

Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840
Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840
Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840
Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840

Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840
Image of Early Victorian Gilt Compass c1840

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