A scarce, high quality, miniature gilded brass hand bearing compass by Negretti & Zambra, c1870

Antique Gilt Brass Hand Bearing Compass by Negretti & Zambra c1870 - SOLD


Antique compass having 1¼” diameter enamelled card marked “Negretti & Zambra” and “London,” 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, dark blue 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 very light abrasions, some losses to the gold-plating on suspension post and bow, the leather case in excellent condition, very slight wear around keeper, 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.

Dimensions: 1¾” diameter x ½” deep

Stock No: SI1651

Price: SOLD

Image of reverse of Negretti & Zambra Gilt Brass Pocket Compass c1870 showing transit lock
Image of Negretti & Zambra Gilt Brass Pocket Compass c1870 showing transit lock
Image of closed travel case for Negretti & Zambra Gilt Brass Pocket Compass c1870





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