Antique pocket compass having 1½” silvered and hand-engraved dial with cardinals, intercardinals and false points, polished steel bar needle with jewelled suspension, bevelled glass, decorated compass rose. Transit lock and suspension ring. Lacquered brass case of conventional pocket watch form. Crown-activated transit lock. All contained within its original leather over wood, dark navy blue velvet and navy silk lined case, inner lid with retailer’s label. Swinging catch closure.
The lacquered brass case retaining virtually all its original finish, the dial with minor marks, the glass with a few, almost invisible, scratch marks. Leather case with some marks and abrasions, with good colour, crisp overall. Compass quickly and easily finds North. Locking mechanism works perfectly.
Compasses of this type, age and condition are seldom seen. This one has survived in remarkably good order and represents one of the better commercially-available compasses of the day. It was almost certainly manufactured by Francis Barker, the preeminent maker of compasses of the day.
Dimensions: 1¾” diameter x ¾” deep
Stock No: SI0873