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A late Victorian hunter cased pocket compass with cross bar needle

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This late 19th century hunter cased pocket compass has an English cross bar needle which pivots on a red gemstone bearing for reduced friction, above a traditional dial with 16 cardinal & inter cardinal points.
Protected by a slightly bevelled domed glass crystal, the clean card dial is stamped 'ENGLAND' and separated into 90 degree quadrants, surrounding a black and white starburst design with 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points.
In full working order including the lid activated transit lock, it measures just 37mm in diameter not including the bow.
This diminutive pocket compass finds North easily and is in good cosmetic condition with no dents on the nickel case.

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WW1 Military Souvenir compass owned by Major Lensh Egyptian Expeditionary Force

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A rare example of a WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved 'MNF BY L. KAMM WAR SOUVENIR 1914-1919 LONDON' made as a commemorative piece.
On the underside is the name of the owner 'W.F. Lensh' who I believe was William F Lensh MBE, a Major in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, whose battlefield successes played a prominent role in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire during WW1.
Housed in a Dennison nickel case which is in excellent condition, the beveled glass crystal covers an attractive jeweled bearing floating dial that has all its original markings intact.
In full working order, with a strong hinge including the transit lock.

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Genuine WW1 Officers MK V pocket compass signed Stanley London

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Although Stanley was a well known maker of scientific instruments, not many WW1 British Army Officers pocket compasses were made by him.
This particular compass is signed 'Stanley, London, V, 113796, 1917' with the military arrow engraved on the lid, it's in good working order and a very collectable compass.
Housed in a Dennison nickel case, the attractive Singers patent style black & white dial with all of its original markings complete, pivots on a gemstone bearing and sits under a glass crystal.
Measuring approx 45mm diameter, this is a nice example of the charismatic WW1 compasses, and with so many reproduction instruments bearing the name Stanley London on the internet, it's a treat to find one of the few genuine items with the MK V design.

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Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass - Circa 1830

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An impressive Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 53mm square with an attractive paper dial, it dates to the early part of the 19th century circa 1830.
Complimented by the small hand made triangular hinges, fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, the paper compass rose is divided into four 90 degree quadrants showing all 32 cardinal and intercardinal points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North and is in surprisingly clean condition for a compass which is close to 200 years old.
Though a little worn, the shapely blued steel needle is impressed with 'N' & 'S' gold lettering for clarity, and sits under the original glass crystal which is free of any damage.
A genuine antique compass with a traditional design, it's in full working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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Mid 19th century mahogany cased pocket compass signed Lennie Edinburgh

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This is a very elegant mid 19th century pocket compass circa 1865, set in a hinged mahogany block.
It has a shapely blued steel needle engraved N & S in gold lettering, with a paper dial divided into four quadrants of 90 degrees, and also showing all the points of the compass.
Although impressed 'Lennie 46 Princes St Edinburgh' inside the lid, the concealed hinges were a feature almost exclusively used by Francis Barker, and its very likely this was made by Barker for rebranding by Eliza Lennie who traded from the 46 Princes St address from 1857.
Fastened with an attractive 7 shaped brass clasp, this is a nice compass in good condition, albeit with some light age staining on the dial.
Measuring 45mm square, this is a classic Victorian compass, in full working order including the transit lock.

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Genuine Stanley London pocket compass circa 1890's

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Signed 'STANLEY LONDON' this is a stylish example of a late Victorian hunter cased pocket compass with a floating aluminium dial on a gemstone pivot.
It's in very good clean condition with a clear undamaged crystal, on which the main cardinal points are painted in red on the underside.
The brass body measures 55mm in diameter not including the bow, and is also in good condition with no dents.
This is a sturdy compass in full working order, and there is also a transit lock activated by lid closure to secure the dial when not in use.
A genuine Stanley antique compass not to be confused with the many repros sadly carrying that name!

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Troughton & Simms WW1 Royal Artillery trough compass dated 1915

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This trough compass is signed 'TROUGHTON & SIMMS LONDON 1915 II' plus a military crowsfoot and serial no. 5529. The mahogany case is inscribed '13 RA' on both the sliding lid and the underside, suggesting it was issued to one of the the Royal Artillery brigades.
Not used as a traditional compass and known also as a plane table compass, it was used by surveyors to establish the direction of magnetic North when aligning a plane table map.
In good working order, the needle of the compass consists of a long narrow magnetised bar of steel, pointed at both ends, with a gemstone bearing at its centre for reduced friction, it also has a manual transit lock when the lid is slid in place.
In excellent condition and housed in a mahogany case, it measures 170mm x 40mm x 28mm, and weighs just over 300 grams.

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1907 compass belonging to Australian surveyor Herbert Wrake Walker

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Dating to the early 20th century, this non prismatic compass is very similar in dial design to the early Verners pattern examples and reads 'NIGHT MARCHING COMPASS H.W.W. 1907' and belonged to Australian Surveyor Herbert Wrake Walker.
Herbert Walker was a surveyor in Queensland, Australia in the late 19th and early 20th century and amassed a collection of surveying photographs that are still displayed in the New South Wales Art Gallery today.
After his death in 1956, his widow presented the compass to Lt. Col. Edwin Harold Bowen in 1963 (see photo for paperwork). Bowen had served as a Major and Captain (Deputy Commissaries) in the Corp of Royal Pakistani Army during World War II, he was awarded an OBE in 1954 before retiring with an honorary rank of Lt Colonel in 1955.
In full working order, this relatively rare compass measures 2" in diameter and is in good condition, with its centre paper label intact, under a chip free crystal.
Not only a sought after compass for a collector, but still practical today for hill walking and similar pursuits, it comes in a leather case which is also in good condition with all stitching intact.

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Late Victorian brass cased pocket compass

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This relatively small brass cased Victorian pocket compass measures just 37mm in diameter and dates to the latter part of the 19th century.
Although unsigned it is a well made piece, with a shapely blued steel directional needle engraved 'N' & 'S' in gold letters for clarity.
The paper dial is in excellent condition with no tears or lifting and is protected by a clean crystal held in place with a black bezel and includes a functional transit lock activated by lid closure.
In good condition and free from any dents, this elegant antique compass is in full working order.
Dimensions are 37mm diameter and 10mm deep including the domed lid, it comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.
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Francis Barker large Victorian desk top compass

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Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, this large mahogany cased compass measuring 8.5" square was originally made for educational purposes but today makes an impressive desk ornament.
The only markings are the words Trade Mark London, arranged in a triangle above the North fleur de lis, and within the triangle is a combination of 3 letters and one symbol, F B & S. These are superimposed over each other to form the logo of Francis Barker & Son, and the S is reversed, showing this was made after the death of Francis Barker in 1875.
The attractive paper dial is in exceptional condition with no staining as is often found in other compasses of the period, and is set under a jewelled steel needle measuring 6.5" in length, the glass crystal is also original and in excellent condition.
However please note that over the years the base section of the mahogany case has warped slightly producing a gap between the lid & base, (see photos) which although noticeable doesn't detract too much from what is a quite splendid Victorian compass with rare novelty value.
A substantial instrument it weighs just under 900 grams.

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19th century Francis Barker mahogany cased pocket compass

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A very elegant mid 19th century Victorian pocket compass set in a mahogany case, with an attractive paper sunburst dial, divided into 90 degree quadrants and displaying 32 cardinal and inter-cardinal points.
Dating to around 1870, it has a glass crystal which is retained by a brass bezel, and a shapely blued steel needle, with ‘N’ & ‘S engraved in gold letters.
As with many wood cased compasses of the period this is unsigned, but the use of concealed hinges attaching the lid to the base, was a feature used predominately by Francis Barker, and it’s very likely this compass was made by Barker.
This is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in good condition and a transit lock activated on lid closure. Fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, it measures 50mm x 50mm x 16mm, a real classic piece with a traditional design.

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Mid 19th Century  Mariners gimballed compass signed J Bedington

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This impressive mid 19th century Mariners gimbal mounted boat compass is signed 'J BEDINGTON & SON, MAKERS, BIRMINGHAM ENG' on a brass plaque. James Bedington, operated out of Birmingham between 1862 - 1875 after the dissolution of Cutts, Chesterman & Bedington in 1859.
The traditional floating dry card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and has 32 cardinal and inter-cardinal points with a distinctive fleur de lis denoting North.
In excellent condition all round, the dial is clean with a clear glass crystal and a dent free lacquered brass bowl.
The compass is mounted in a dove tail jointed dark oak box with a separate lid, and measures 7" square by 5" deep, with a compass bowl diameter of just over 4½".
In good working order, this is a substantial instrument weighing just over 1.5kgs.

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WW1 era Verner's Pattern MKVIII prismatic marching compass  in case

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Although unsigned with no markings, this compass design is identical to the Verner's Pattern MK VIII models produced towards the end of WW1.
In good condition all round with a Mother of Pearl dial for low light reading, it has a gemstone bearing for reduced friction and there is a transit lock activated by lid closure.
The brass case is dent free and retains much of its black finish, it also comes in a leather case which is in good condition with all stitching intact.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Francis Barker WW2 British Army Officers pocket compass in Dennison case

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This is a WW2 full hunter cased British Army Officers pocket compass, engraved 'MK VI 1940, F Barker &Son (1932) Ltd, London, B 6438' on the lid and also has the War department military arrow, which shows it was issued into service.
Made by Francis Barker and set in a Dennison hunter case, its in very good condition, with a bevelled glass crystal covering the jewelled floating dial.
Measuring 45mm in diameter and in full working order, with a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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Early 19th Century travellers mahogany cased compass by William Simms

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Wood cased compasses are for the most part unsigned, but this travellers compass in a mahogany case, has a makers name which although partially obscured, reads ‘Wm SIMMS’ at the very north point of the dial (see photo).
William Simms inherited his fathers jewellery business in the early 1800s which was soon converted to the manufacture of scientific instruments.
In 1826, Simms joined with Edward Troughton to form the famous partnership of Troughton & Simms, dating this compass to the early 19th century.
The decorative paper compass dial has a full 360 degree scale with 32 cardinal and inter-cardinal points and is in particularly clean for a compass of this age.
The lid is attached with two hand made square hinges and is fastened with two brass clasps which also activate the transit lock when closed.
In good working order, the blued steel needle is engraved with 'N' and 'S' lettering and still visible, although somewhat tarnished through age.
Measuring just under 5¼ " (132mm) square, this is a near 200 year old antique compass signed by a renowned maker in his early career.

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WW2 J.M. Glauser MK IX prismatic marching compass with case

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The WW2 MK IX prismatic marching compass is very similar to the original Verner's style compasses of WW1, with only subtle differences.
This particular example is engraved on the reverse 'J.M. GLAUSER, LONDON, No 5499, MK IX, 1936' and also marked with the War office military arrow.
Founded in 1929 by Jean Maurice Glauser a naturalised British subject of Swiss origin, the company J.M. Glauser became a British manufacturer contracted to the War Office, Air Ministry and Government of India, amongst others.
The compass has a mother of pearl dial with a gemstone bearing, and is in very good condition, retaining virtually all its original black finish.
It comes with a leather case embossed 'M. Harvey & Co Ltd, Walsall, 1938' which is also in very good condition, with intact stitching and a functional buckle and strap.
In full working order, including the automatic transit lock activated by lid closure.

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Early Victorian brass cased pocket compass

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This is an impressive antique brass cased pocket compass dating to the first half of the 19th Century.
It has a shapely blued steel needle is impressed with 'N' & 'S' gold lettering and pivots on a brass capped bearing over a paper dial which is divided into quadrants with 8 cardinal and inter-cardinal points.
Although unsigned, it's in good condition with some age staining on the dial, and the brass case is dent free with a polished finish. It also has a separate push fit lid that engages a transit lock when pushed home.
Measuring 60mm in diameter, it is in full working order and comes in a modern velvet drawstring pouch for protection.

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19th century brass cased compass with lid

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This elegant brass cased explorer’s style compass with a separate push fit lid dates to the second half of the 19th century.
It's an unsigned example and has a with an English cross bar needle pivoting on a gemstone bearing over a clean paper dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
In working order and measuring 44mm in diameter, the brass case is free of any dents as is the matching original lid and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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M73 specification prismatic compass by Enbeeco

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Although this liquid filled prismatic compass is engraved 'Enbeeco' on the reverse, which is a brand name of Newbold & Bulford Co Ltd, it was made to a similar specification of the M73 when the company was part of the same group of companies as Francis Barker & Son during the 1970's and 80's.
It's a substantial compass weighing 234 grams and 60mm in diameter with a degrees version mother of pearl dial.
A serious compass ideal for anyone involved in outdoor pursuits who needs a precision compass, the liquid damping effect gives precise readings very quickly.
Probably made for the civilian market, it comes in a leather case embossed with 'Dept of Forestry 10 George Sq.' indicating it came from the Department of Forestry in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In good working order with no bubbles in the liquid it's in very good condition, although due to its age the tritium lights are no longer active.

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WW1 Dennison MK VI British Army Officers pocket compass dated 1917

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A fine WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass in a nickel full hunter case, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 19565 1917, and military arrow on the lid.
In very good condition, the beveled glass crystal covers an attractive Jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In full working order, with strong hinge, a really nice example from the most renowned maker of this style of compass.

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WW1 Swiss made Bausch & Lomb Verner's Pattern MK VIII marching compass.

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This Bausch & Lomb WW1 Verner's pattern MK VIII prismatic marching compass was made in Switzerland for the British army during WW1 and is dated 1917.
Engraved on the underside is 'B-L, No 70473, 1917' and stamped with the British Army War department arrow.
In very good condition all round, with minimal paint loss it has a mother of pearl dial which pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction and there is an automatic transit lock activated when the lid is closed.
It still has its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, and the leather case is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Early Victorian brass cased pocket compass

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Although unsigned, the design & style of this pocket compass is identical to one made by a relatively unknown maker W. H Moralee who was working in North Shields during the first half of the 19th century.
A quality piece, it has a distinctive black & white floating card dial of 32 cardinal and intercardinal points with a fleur de lis denoting North.
Housed in dent free brass case with original push fit lid and a clean glass crystal, it's in good working order and measures 45mm diameter by 14mm deep.

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J H Steward Handle compass with clinometer

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Dating to the early part of the 20th century, this Handle compass clinometer was made by J H Steward, and is signed 'J. H. STEWARD Ltd, 406 Strand, London' on the underside.
The black compass needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a decorative dial with a 360 degree scale, and 16 intercardinal points.
Mainly used by surveyors, it also incorporates a pendulous arm for measuring rise & fall.
Measures 75mm in diameter, it's in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by a brass knob on the side, and comes in a velvet pouch for protection.

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19th century brass cased compass signed Parry & Co

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Engraved 'PARRY & CO', this is an impressive 19th century hand held floating dial compass and comes with its original push on protective brass lid.
Parry & Co worked from 158 High Holborn but also made instruments for export and this particular compass was made for the French market.
The card dial pivots on a cone shaped brass bearing, and has French compass points with the letter O for West (Ouest), with a black star indicating North.
Housed in a brass drum under a clean crystal it measures 80mm in diameter by 45mm high and although it is in working order it is a little sluggish in finding North.

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Antique J H Steward pocket compass with mother of pearl dial, circa 1880

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Dating to the latter part of the 19th Century, this distinctive pocket compass has the classic black & white Singers patent design on a mother of pearl dial. A rare compass made around 1880, the dial is signed 'J. H. Steward. 406. Strand. London.'.
Floating on a gemstone pivot in a nickel case and housed under a bevelled glass crystal, it measures 44mm diameter overall, and 11 mm deep, and has a transit lock activated by a push button on the stem.
In full working order, a traditional antique compass in very good condition, supplied in a modern gift box.

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Francis Barker brass cased pocket compass circa 1880

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A small Victorian brass cased pocket compass with a separate push fit lid made by Francis Barker & Son around 1880, as evidenced by the small FBS logo within the Trademark London triangle, and printed on the card dial just below the North cardinal point.
The English cross bar directional needle pivots on a brass capped bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
In good working order, the brass case is free of any dents or deformities and includes a lid activated transit lock.
The dimensions are 35mm diameter by 14mm deep and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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WW1 Dennison MK VI British Army Officers pocket compass dated 1918

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A nice condition WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 84271 1918 and with the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued in to service.
The full hunter nickel case is in very good condition, although the engraving is slightly faded (see photo). The bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In full working order, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem, a nice example from the most prolific maker of this style of compass.

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Antique early 19th century mahogany cased pocket compass

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A small but impressive Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 53mm square with an attractive paper dial, it dates to the early 1800's.
The lid has small hand made triangular hinges, and is fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp.
With a shapely blued steel needle impressed with 'N' & 'S' lettering for clarity, it pivots over a clean paper compass rose, showing all the points of the compass and a fleur de lys for North.
A genuine antique compass, it's in full working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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WW1 Dennison MK V pocket compass with Singers Patent style dial - dated 1916

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A nice condition WW1 British Army Officers MK V pocket compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham V 101286 1916 and with the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued in to service.

The full hunter nickel case is in very good condition, the domed glass crystal covers a Singers Patent style black & white floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In  working order, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem.

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WW2 Francis Barker artillery compass with leather case.

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This is a WW2 Artillery compass made by Francis Barker during the 1930's and is engraved 'F.B. & Son. (1932) Ltd, B 1461' on the lid, it also has the military arrow which indicates it was issued into service.
A precision instrument measuring 100mm in diameter, it's in very good condition with the body & lid retaining most of its original oxidised black finish
In full working order, this is a prismatic compass with a 360 degrees silvered dial which finds North consistently, and is protected by a separate push fit lid.
It comes with its own fitted leather case which is also in good condition.
Weighing just over 700 grams with its leather case, the base also has a threaded boss for attaching to a tripod.

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Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass circa 1820

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This is a fine example of a Georgian pocket compass circa 1820, set in a hinged mahogany block measuring 88mm square by 22mm thick.
Complimented by two small hand made hinges, it has a shapely blued steel needle engraved N & S for clarity, with an attractive paper compass rose divided into four 90 degree quadrants, showing all the points of the compass and a fleur de lys for North.
The needle is locked in position for transit by a brass pin which comes into play when the lid is closed and fastened by two 7 shaped brass clasps.
In very good cosmetic condition, this is a genuine antique compass in good working order.
It also retains the original hand cut glass, and the paper dial is in surprisingly clean condition for a 200 year old compass.

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WW1 Officers MK V pocket compass signed Ed. Koehn, Geneva.

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A nice example of one of the rarer British Army Officers MK V pocket compasses made by the Swiss watchmaker Ed Koehn, better known for producing high quality clocks and watches retailed by Tiffany & Co.
Engraved 'Ed KOEHN, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, V, 40220, 1915' it also has the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued into service.
The full hunter case is in very good condition, retaining all of its nickel plating and comes with the distinctive Singers patent style black & white dial card, which pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction.
Housed under a clean bevelled glass crystal, it's in full working order and measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.

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Early 19th century antique mahogany cased pocket compass

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This 19th century mahogany cased pocket compass measures 75mm square and has an attractive paper dial of a particularly early design, dating to the first quarter of the 19th century.
Complimented by the small hand made square hinges and fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, the paper compass rose is divided into four 90 degree quadrants showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lis for North, and is in quite clean condition for a compass of this age.
The shapely blued steel needle is engraved N & S and pivots on a brass capped bearing under a glass crystal.
A genuine antique compass, the mahogany is free of any splits or cracks, and is in full working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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Francis Barker M-88 degrees version prismatic compass with pouch.

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This Francis Barker liquid damped M-88 prismatic compass has a degrees calibrated dial pivoting on a sapphire bearing, with a click step rotating bezel.
A military standard compass, it's made from a lightweight yet robust aluminium alloy and has 5 active self luminous tritium lights, enabling full night and daylight operation.
Although used the overall condition is very good with no loss of the olive green paint finish on the body, and it comes with a velcro pouch for protection in the field.
Measuring 60mm in diameter, it's in full working order with no bubbles in the fluid and has the serial no 03484.

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Early 19th Century Surveyors Compass by W & S Jones

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Founded in the late 18th century by their father John Jones and later taken over by brothers William and Samuel, W & S Jones was a prolific optical, mathmatical and navigational instrument manufacturer between 1791-1860 and operated out of 30 Holborn London until Samuels death in 1859.
This brass bodied surveyors compass has a silvered dial with an outer ring scale divided into four quadrants and a steel needle pivoting on a gemstone bearing under a clean glass crystal.
On the outside of the frame is a manual transit lock to hold the needle in place when not in use and two plates in the North and South positions which would have been used to attach a pair of sight vanes for surveying purposes.
Although one of the small screws on the underside that retains the dial to the case is missing, it is still held securely by the remaining three and does not affect the compass function.
In good working order it measures 80mm in diameter and just under 300 grams in weight.

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Francis Barker WW2 era MK IX prismatic marching compass in case

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This fine example of a MK IX prismatic marching compass is engraved on the reverse: F.BARKER & SON. (1932) Ltd, LONDON'.
Dating to the WW2 period, this compass was not only manufactured by Francis Barker & Son but actually carries their own branding. (As Barker had the patent rights for most of the military compasses, the bulk of their production was made for supply to many other instrument makers on a wholesale basis)
In full working order, it also has the traditional Mother of Pearl dial for low light reading, and is in very good condition, retaining virtually all of its original black finish.
A dry dial compass with a gemstone pivot bearing, it has an automatic transit lock activated by lid closure, and protected by its leather case which is also in very good condition.

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Late 19th Century brass pocket compass with T bar leather strap

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A late 19th century full hunter cased pocket compass with a traditional English cross bar needle that pivots on a gemstone bearing above an etched aluminium dial under a clean domed glass crystal.
The brass case has a gunmetal finish which although rubbed on the outside, has virtually no paint loss on the interior, and is dent free.
It comes with a T bar leather strap for attaching to a waistcoat button hole, and given the non reflective finish, indicates it may have belonged to a military officer.
Measuring 50mm diameter and 15mm thick, this is a sturdy yet attractive compass in full working order, with a strong hinge.

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WW1 J H Steward Trough compass in mahogany case dated 1916

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This brass trough compass dated 1916 was made by J H Steward for use by the British Military during WW1, and is engraved 'J.H. Steward Ltd, II, 10022, 1916' with a military crowfoot arrow on the side.
Not used as a traditional compass and known also as a plane table compass, it was used by surveyors to establish the direction of magnetic North when aligning a plane table or theodolite.
The needle of the compass consists of a long narrow magnetised bar of steel, pointed at both ends, with the usual gemstone bearing at its centre for reduced friction.
In excellent condition and housed in a mahogany case with a sliding lid that activates a transit lock for when the instrument is not in use.
Measuring 165mm x 39mm x 28mm, it weighs 334 grams and is in good working order.

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1920's Artillery compass by E.R. Watts & Son Ltd in leather case

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This is a fine example of a prismatic artillery compass, made by E. R. Watts & Son London, during the 1920's.
It really is an impressive instrument measuring 85mm in diameter and incorporates an adjustable folding mirror on the back sight.
A substantial instrument weighing just over 500 grams including the case, there is also a threaded boss on the underside of the base for attaching to a tripod.
A precision item made to the highest quailty standard, it's in good cosmetic condition and comes with its original leather case, which is in very good condition with all stitching intact.
In full working order including the automatic transit lock, not only is this a very collectable compass but also still practical for use today.

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Short & Mason MK VI pocket compass dated 1932

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This MK VI pocket compass was made by Short & Mason in 1932 and was probably one of the last examples before the introduction of the MK VII models.
Set in a nickel plated Dennison case, stamped 'DENNISON WATCH CASE CO LTD' inside the base cover.
Engraved on the lid 'SHORT & MASON LONDON VI № 1552, 1932', the full hunter nickel case is in good dent-free condition and the clean undamaged bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial.
In full working order with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem.

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19th century Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass

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An impressive Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 67mm square with an attractive paper dial, it dates to the early part of the 19th century circa 1820.
The lid is fixed with small hand made triangular hinges and fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp.
Divided into four 90 degree quadrants showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North the paper compass rose is in surprisingly clean condition for a compass which is close to 200 years old.
The shapely blued steel needle is impressed with 'N' & 'S' lettering for clarity, and sits under the original glass crystal which is free of any damage.
A genuine antique compass with a traditional design, it's in full working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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WW1 British Army Mark V Officers Compass signed L. Kamm & Co. London

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A fine example of a WW1 British Army Officers MK V pocket watch compass, engraved on the lid 'L. Kamm & Co, London, V,  49880, 1915, and military arrow.
It has a bevelled glass crystal covering the distinctive Singers patent style black and white floating dial, which is mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
In very good condition and made by one of the rarer makers who did not use the more common Dennison case.
In good working order it measures 45mm in diameter.

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E.R. Watts pre WW2 MK IX prismatic marching compass

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A nice example of a pre WW2 leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse: 'E.R.WATTS & SON Ltd, LONDON'.
E R Watts became Hilger & Watts in 1948, and the absence of any military markings suggests this compass was probably army surplus released to the civilian market sometime before 1948.
In good working order, it's in very good condition all round, with virtually no paint loss to the body and still has the rubber anti slip ring on the underside.
A precision compass, it has a floating dial which pivots on a gemstone bearing, and a clean undamaged crystal.

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Rare WW1 Francis Barker Mk VII compass made for the Indian Army

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Whilst there are no real shortages of the WW1 Verner’s Pattern prismatic compasses, this particular example is a rare version of a MK VII model, but with a black embossed dial.
Manufactured between 1915 -1930 by Francis Barker & Son for the Indian Army which was still under British rule, it is inscribed 'Mk VII' on the lid and 'M.I.O 1917' on the base, along with a military crowfoot above an 'I', indicating it was part of the Indian Army.
The leather case is embossed with a military arrow on both sides above a 'T'.
The specification is similar to the Verner's pattern MKVII model produced for the British Army with the floating jewelled pivot dial, and as can be seen from the photos is in excellent condition, retaining all of its original black finish on the lid.
In good working order, it still has the rubber anti slip ring on the base underside.
A rare compass from the WW1 era dated 1917, it comes in it's original leather carrying case which is in very good condition with all its stitching intact.

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Early Victorian brass cased floating dial compass with domed lid.

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This attractive early Victorian brass cased pocket compass dates to the first half of the 19th century.
Although unsigned this compass is clearly a quality piece with an unusual and distinctive black on white dial which has 8 cardinal and inter cardinal points with a fluer de lis indicating north and pivots on a brass capped bearing.
Housed in a polished dent free brass case with original domed lid, it's in full working order and measures 50mm diameter by 16mm deep.
It comes in a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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19th century Georgian brass cased compass with lid

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This is an impressive 19th century brass cased pocket compass circa 1830, with a separate push on lid.
It has a shapely steel needle with light tarnishing, pivoting on a brass capped bearing over a paper dial divided into degrees, and also showing 32 cardinal & inter-cardinal points of the compass.
An unsigned antique compass, with both crystal and dial in good condition, it has a dent free brass case with lightly hand scribed directional arrows on the lid and base.
Measuring 60mm in diameter, it is in full working order, a classic Georgian compass with a traditional dial design.
Comes in modern velvet drawstring pouch for protection.

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Large 19th century Dollond mahogany cased surveyors compass.

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This impressive English surveyors compass was made sometime at the beginning of the 19th century and is signed 'Dollond London' on the dial, which has a stepped outer scale engraved 0-360 degrees in one degree increments.
The cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above the silvered dial under a clean, chip free glass crystal, and also has a lid activated transit lock.
A substantial quality compass example it measures 150mm x 150mm x 29mm, with a dial diameter of 125mm, and weighs just under 700 grams.
The cosmetic condition of the dial is excellent and although the mahogany case lid has had some restoration with a narrow piece replaced around one part of the hinge area (see photos), the overall appearance is still very good as can be seen from the photos.
A near 200 year old antique compass in good working order.

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Francis Barker M88 military compass with dual use dial & pattern 58 canvas pouch

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The Francis Barker range of liquid filled prismatic compasses are among the finest professional compasses ever made, and are currently in use by many military forces around the world including NATO.
This particular model is the M88 which is made from a lightweight yet robust aluminium alloy, and has 5 active self luminous tritium lights enabling full night and day operation.
The M88 is a dual use model, calibrated in both mils and degrees, and the padded pouch has a clip for belt attachment.
It carries the Nato stock no 6605-99-225-8550 on the reverse along with its serial no 12687.
Although used, the overall condition is still very good with virtually no loss of the olive green paint finish on the body, and it comes with a used Pattern 58 canvas pouch for protection in the field.
A precision compass measuring 60mm in diameter and 30mm in depth, it's in working order with no bubbles in the liquid.

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Dollond Victorian hunter cased pocket compass with gemstone needle

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A Dollond Victorian pocket compass in a nickel plated full hunter case, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the bow.
Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, it's signed on the dial 'DOLLOND LONDON' around the pivot and is in good working order including the lid activated transit lock.
The cross bar needle pivots on a red gemstone bearing for reduced friction, above a traditional dial with 16 cardinal & inter cardinal points, protected by a slightly bevelled domed glass crystal.
Although the nickel plating is quite worn in places, the case is free of any dents and has a strong hinge.

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Late Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass

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A late Victorian pocket compass set in a mahogany case, with a clean paper dial signed 'ENGLAND' displaying 8 cardinal and inter-cardinal points.
Dating to the late 19th Century, it has its original glass crystal over a brass capped steel needle.
This is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in good condition and a transit lock activated on lid closure.
Fastened with two elegant 7 shaped brass clasps, it measures 64mm square & 22mm thick and is in good working order.

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Stanley G150 mils version prismatic compass with patt 58 canvas pouch

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A Stanley G150 mils version liquid filled prismatic compass, first used by the British Army in the Falklands conflict, and again in the first Gulf war.
This particular compass is in good condition with some paint loss on the brass body, and also has the Nato stock number 6605-99-537-9034 on the underside with the serial number of 36072.
This is a serious compass designed in the 1970's which ceased production under the Stanley name in the late 1990's, and is fast becoming a much sought after collectable.
In good working order it comes in a green pattern 58 canvas carry pouch and although the tritium lights are no longer active, it's still a robust precision compass with no air bubbles in the fluid.

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19th century Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass

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This is an impressive 19th century Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 67mm square.
The attractive paper compass dial is graduated in 90 degree quadrants and dates to circa 1830.
Complimented by the small triangular hand made hinges and an elegant blued steel needle, this is a stylish antique compass which is approaching 200 years old.
Aside from some fading of the letters N & S on the needle, it is uncommon to find compasses of this age in such good condition, and it is in full working order including the original transit lock activated by lid closure.

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19th century brass cased pocket compass signed F.Barker & Son.

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A small 19th century brass cased compass with a separate push fit lid signed 'F.Barker & Son. Makers. London', around the sunburst design card dial just below the fleur de lis.
The cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
In good working order, the brass case is free of any dents or deformities and includes a lid activated transit lock.
The dimensions are 38mm diameter by 10mm deep and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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Antique 19th century mahogany cased Mariners pocket compass, circa 1840

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A rare floating dial design mahogany cased Mariners pocket compass measuring just over 76mm square by 28mm deep.
The attractive paper compass dial card is of an earlier Regency design and in surprisingly clean condition.
Dating to circa1840 with cleverly concealed hinges, this is a clean compass which is well over 170 years old.
In good condition and in full working order, including the original transit lock, a nice example of an early antique compass.

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WW1 Dennison  MK VI British Army Officers pocket compass dated 1917

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A fine WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass in a nickel full hunter case, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 48698 1917, and military arrow on the lid.
In very good condition, the beveled glass crystal covers an attractive Jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In full working order, with a strong hinge, a really nice example from the most renowned maker of this style of compass.

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Antique mahogany cased pocket compass

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A Georgian pocket compass set in a mahogany block measuring 53mm square, with an elegant blued steel needle over a traditional paper dial.
The lid is attached to the body with two small hand made triangular hinges & fastened with a 7 shaped brass clasp.
Dating to the first quarter of the 19th century, the paper compass rose is divided into four 90 degree quadrants with 16 cardinal and intercardinal points.
The steel needle is also engraved with 'N' & 'S' gilt letters for clarity, and sits under the original glass crystal which is free of any damage.
In good working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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Rare brass gimbal mounted pocket compass circa 1840

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Dating to the first half of the 19th century (circa 1840), this is a very rare brass gimballed pocket compass.
Housed in a brass case with a separate brass lid, it measures 90mm in overall diameter, and stands 52mm high.
In good original condition, the distinctive compass card pivots on a a gemstone pivot bearing, and sits in a 65mm diameter brass bowl which remarkably still has most of its original lacquer coat.
Although unsigned, this is clearly a quality instrument weighing just under 600 grams and probably made by one of the more prominent makers of the day.
In full working order including the gimbal mechanism, this is a quite unique antique compass.

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Late 19th century Dollond early verners style marching compass

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Dating to the end of the 19th century, this Dollond compass is very similar to the Verners MK III patterns.
It's a non prismatic model, and the white compass card is surrounded by a silvered bearing ring with a brass manual stop & finger brake on one side. 
In full working order, it measures 2" in diameter and is in good cosmetic condition, with a chip free crystal.
Signed 'DOLLOND LONDON' on the lid.

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Francis Barker M88 mils & degrees prismatic compass with pattern 58 canvas pouch

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The Francis Barker range of liquid filled prismatic compasses are among the finest professional compasses ever made, and are currently in use by many military forces around the world including NATO.
This particular model is the M88 which is made from a lightweight yet robust aluminium alloy, and has 5 active self luminous tritium lights enabling full night and day operation.
This M88 is a dual use model, calibrated in both mils & degrees, and the padded pouch has a clip for belt attachment.
It carries the Nato stock no 6605-99-225-8550 on the reverse along with its serial no 19078.
Although used, the overall condition is still very good with no loss of the olive green paint finish on the body, and it comes with a used Pattern 58 canvas pouch for protection in the field. It measures 60mm in diameter and 30mm in depth, in working order with no bubbles in the liquid.
You really can't get a more accurate compass, and this is perfect for anyone involved in outdoor pursuits who needs a precision compass.

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Late Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass with brass clasp

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A nice example of a late Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 75mm square with a decorative paper dial, it dates to the last quarter of the 19th century.
Fastened with a 7 shaped brass clasp, the paper compass rose has 32 cardinal & intercardinal points with a fleur de lys for North, and is in clean condition.
The slim but elegant steel needle is impressed with 'N' for clarity, and pivots on a brass capped bearing under the original glass crystal.
A genuine antique compass in good cosmetic condition, it's in working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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Rare Negretti & Zambra needle pocket compass in Dennison case

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A nice example of a Hunter cased pocket compass signed NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA LONDON, inside the lid, which dates to the early part of the 20th century, and is contained inside a Dennsion nickel case that has matching serial numbers on lid and base.
Fitted with an English cross bar needle that pivots on an agate gemstone, above an attractive frosted aluminium dial on which is printed 'ENGLAND'.
A super compass measuring 45mm in case diameter, it's in good working order including the lid activated transit lock, and the clean bevelled glass crystal is chip free.
In excellent condition all round with no dents on the case, a very collectable compass.

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Antique Francis Barker mahogany cased needle compass with twin sight vanes

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This unusual compass with foldable sight vanes is set in a very attractive mahogany case, and fastened by twin brass clasps.
The English cross bar needle pivots over a traditional paper dial which has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points, along with four 90 degree quadrants as an outer scale.
Like many wood cased compasses of the period it is unsigned, but the use of concealed hinges attaching the lid to the base was a feature used predominately by Francis Barker, and it’s very likely this compass was made by Barker and dates to the mid 19th century.
In working order with a lid activated transit lock, this compass is in very good condition as can be seen by the photos, and measures 80mm square & 25mm deep, a rare design for a wood cased pocket compass.

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19th century Victorian brass cased pocket compass

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A very distinctive brass cased Victorian brass pocket compass dating to around 1860.
Although unsigned this compass is clearly a quality piece with a shapely blued steel needle engraved 'N' & 'S' in gold letters for clarity. The paper dial is in excellent condition with no tears or lifting, and is protected by a clean crystal.
The brass case is free from any dents and has its original push on lid.
In full working order, an elegant antique compass in good original condition.
Dimensions are 36mm diameter and 10mm deep.

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Post WWI Verner's Pattern style MK VIII Italian marching compass with mils dial

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This is a relatively rare prismatic marching compass engraved 'OFF.CHINAGLIA BELLUNO' on the underside of the lid which indicates it was made in Italy, possibly from parts originally made in Britain as the design is very much based on the Verners Pattern MK VIII models produced towards the end of WW1.
Unlike the British examples which had a degrees dial, this has a mils dial which is rarely found in Verners pattern compasses and a tinted sight window in the lid.
The clean central dial is aluminium and as can be seen from the photos the compass body is in good condition with minimal loss of its black finish on the lid, and a clean undamaged glass crystal.
In good working order, it still has the rubber anti slip ring on the base underside.
A rare compass from the post WW1 era, it comes with it's orginal Italian leather carrying case which is very good condition with all its stitching intact.

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Hilger & Watts plane table trough compass in mahogany case

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Formed from the incorporation of Adam Hilger Ltd with E.R. Watts Ltd in 1948, this is a marked Hilger & Watts Ltd black lacquered brass trough compass likely made in the 1950s.
Not used as a traditional compass and also known as a plane table compass, it was used to establish the direction of magnetic North when aligning a plane table or theodolite.
The compass needle consists of a long narrow magnetised bar of steel, pointed at both ends, with the usual agate bearing at its centre.
It also has a manual transit lock when the lid is slid in place, and is housed in a light mahogany case.
Measuring 167 mm x 40 mm x 30 mm, and weighing just over 300 grams, it's in good working order as well as excellent cosmetic condition.

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Antique hunter cased pocket compass signed 'Chadburns Liverpool'

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This is a late 19th century nickel full hunter cased pocket compass signed 'CHADBURNS, LIVERPOOL'.
Formed in 1818 by William Chadburn and David Wright, the business was taken over by Williams' three sons by the 1840s. The firm also exhibited at The Great Exhibition in 1851 and gained provenance by specialising in ships telegraphs at the end of the century.
The cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction, above a clean white enamelled dial with 8 cardinal and inter cardinal points split into four 90 degree quadrants, set under a clean domed bevelled edge crystal.
A clean compass in working order it finds North easily and is in good cosmetic condition with no dents on the case.
Dating to circa 1880, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the bow.

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Francis Barker M88 military prismatic compass with dual use dial in leather case.

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The Francis Barker range of liquid filled prismatic compasses are among the finest professional compasses ever made, and are currently in use by many military forces around the world including NATO.
This particular model is the M88 which is made from a lightweight yet robust aluminium alloy, and has 4 active self luminous tritium lights in the dial & capsule, but is missing the one that should be in the tip of the lid.
Although used, the overall condition is still good retaining most of the olive green paint finish on the body, and it comes with a stitched leather case for protection in the field, also in very good condition.
This M88 is a dual use model, with the dial calibrated in both mils & degrees, pivoting on a sapphire bearing, and has the serial no 060183 on the reverse.
It measures 60mm in diameter and 30mm in depth, finds North easily and settles quickly, with no bubbles in the clear fluid.

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A late Victorian hunter cased pocket compass with gemstone needle

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A late Victorian English made pocket compass in a nickel plated full hunter case, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the bow.
The cross bar needle pivots on a red gemstone bearing for reduced friction, above a traditional dial with 16 cardinal & inter cardinal points, protected by a slightly bevelled glass crystal.
Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, it doesn't have a makers name but has 'Made in England' on the dial.
A very clean compass in working order it finds North easily, and in good cosmetic condition with no dents on the case.

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Rare Dennison WW1 MK VI compass with Union of South Africa military markings

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The Union of South Africa was created in May 1910 as a new dominion of the British Empire, and this particular Dennison compass was issued to the South African military in 1917.
It carries the Union of South Africa military mark which is denoted by the War Department arrow within the letter 'U' for Union and is engraved on the compass lid.
It's also engraved Dennison Birmingham VI, 56278, 1917, and with the military arrow on the lid showing it was issued in to service.
The full hunter nickel case is in very good condition, and the clean undamaged bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial.
In full working order it measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.
An iconic WW1 compass with a rare South African provenance, it comes with a braided leather strap and T bar.

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WW1 F. Darton & Co MK V pocket compass dated 1915

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This is a rare MK V British Army Officers pocket compass engraved 'F. Darton & Co. London,V, 9791, 1915.'
Housed in a dent free nickel plated full hunter case with its distinctive black & white Singers Patent style dial, it’s in good working order and the crystal is free from any chips.
It measures 45mm diameter not including crown and ring, the floating card dial finds North each time, and pivots on a jewel for reduced friction.
Unlike the majority of MK V compasses, the inner compass body is fixed to the nickel case by means of two small screws on the underside, which is a further design refinement, unique to only a very few makers including F Darton.
The MK V was discontinued during 1917, so this is likely to be one of the last models made by one of the rarer makers of this style of compass.

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Late 19th century surveying compass by Thomas Cooke & Sons

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This is a late 19th century surveying compass signed 'T. COOKE & SONS LTD. LONDON, YORK & CAPETOWN'
Founded by Thomas Cooke in 1837, the business was continued by his sons Thomas and Frederick under 'T. Cooke & Sons' following his death in 1868 and became a limited company in 1897. The business manufactured many scientific instruments for prestigious clients including the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, and set up offices in Capetown to cater to the demand for surveying instruments in response to the Witwatersrand Gold Rush of 1886.
Made from bronzed brass, measuring just over 5 inches (130mm) in diameter and weighing just under 900 grams, this is an impressive surveying compass.
In full working order, the needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above the silvered aluminium dial under a clean, chip free glass crystal. The two sight vanes at either side also activate a transit lock when folded and the face remains protected under a matching press fit lid when not in use.

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1930's 'HUSUN' gimbal mounted ships compass by Henry Hughes and Son Ltd.

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This 1930's gimbal mounted ships compass carries the famous Husun logo, the trademark of Henry Hughes and Son, the important & highly respected maker of quality nautical instruments.
The liquid damped dial is signed 'HENRY HUGHES & SON Ltd, LONDON' with the serial number 8778, and the fleur de lis is embedded with the small HUSUN logo.
In excellent condition all round, the damping fluid is clean with no air bubbles, and the glass cover is free from any chips, contained in a compass bowl retaining all of its black painted finish.
Housed in a finger jointed mahogany case measuring 7½"(190mm) square and 5½"(140mm) in height, the dial diameter is 105mm.
Weighing just under 3kg this is a serious ships compass that can still be used today.

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WWI Verner's Pattern MK VIII compass inscribed 'ROYAL IRISH RIFLES MAJOR JDM MCCALLUM D.S.O.'

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Marked 'ROYAL IRISH RIFLES. MAJOR JDM MCCALLUM D.S.O.' on the lid, this WW1 Verner's Pattern MK VIII compass belonged to Major John Dunwoodie Martin McCallum.
McCallum was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Order during the battle of the Somme in 1916, along with the Croix de Guerre in 1918 and also received a CBE in 1921.
Military career aside, McCallum was a versatile sportsman representing Ireland in both cricket and rugby, although badminton was his premier sport where he not only played for Ireland, but also served as president of the IBF in later years.
In excellent cosmetic condition, it's engraved 'F-L No 92697, 1917' on the base and also has the War department military arrow.
Still retaining virtually all of its black finish on the lid, the Mother of Pearl dial and glass covers are also in very good condition as is the original leather case.
A genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history with some interesting provenance.

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Victorian combined pocket compass & clinometer in mahogany case

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This unusual combined compass/clinometer is set in a very attractive mahogany case, with twin brass side fasteners.
The elegant blue needle pivots over a paper dial which has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points with an inches per yard outer scale.
Like many wood cased compasses of the period it is unsigned, but the use of concealed hinges attaching the lid to the base was a feature used predominately by Francis Barker, and it’s very likely this compass was made by Barker.
This compass is in superb condition as can be seen by the photos, and measures 73mm square & 19mm deep, a rare design for a wood cased pocket compass.

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Antique victorian handle clinometer compass with brass lid

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This is a Handle compass clinometer, dating to the latter part of the 19th century.
The English cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above an unsigned silvered dial with a 360 degree scale, and an inner four 90 degree quadrant scale for the clinometer function, which has a pendulous arm for measuring rise & fall.
Readings of inclination are viewed through the handle sight which has a built in cross hair for accurate sighting of objects.
In good condition with no dents on the brass casing and a chip free crystal, it measures 60mm in diameter not including the handle and is in full working order including the transit lock which is activated when the push fit lid is replaced.

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Late 19th century Negretti & Zambra pocket marching compass

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This brass marching compass dates to the end of the 19th century and is signed 'NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA, LONDON' on the lid.
Very similar to the later Verners MK III patterns, it's a non prismatic model and the white compass card is surrounded by a silvered bearing ring, with a brass manual transit lock and finger brake on one side.
In good working order, it measures 50mm in diameter and is in good used condition, with a heavy bevelled crystal that emphasises the quality of this piece and comes in a leather case.

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Very rare Short & Mason gimballed pocket compass with Singers Patent mop dial

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This is a particularly rare pocket compass made by Short & Mason in the late 19th century, housed in a leather covered wooden case and intended for use at sea, probably as a personal instrument.
The compass bowl is gimbal mounted in the nickel plated body which can be removed from its wooden case, and activated by pulling out the inner bezel to release the transit lock. Pushing the compass bowl back relocks the dial to avoid wear in transit.
It has a Singers Patent style mother of pearl dial which pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction and as can be seen from the photos is in very good clean condition.
The compass measures 55mm in diameter and 17mm deep which extends to 25mm when the bowl is raised.
In good working order the only minor blemish is that the outer wooden case is a little warped on the lid so does not quite meet flush when closed.
A rare design of compass by a well respected maker, its' signed Short & Mason Ltd, London on the underside.

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T.G. Co. MK III WW2 prismatic marching compass

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Dated 1940, this is a fine example of a WW2 MK III prismatic compass, made by Francis Barker on a wholesale basis, and rebranded by T. G. Co Ltd.
It has a liquid damped bowl (no bubbles) with a mother of pearl dial calibrated in 360 degrees, and is in fine working order, finding North easily and settling very quickly.
The compass body is of blackened brass, with only some very minor paint loss here and there, and the original rubber anti slip ring on the base is still intact.
Engraved on the base is 'T.G. Co. Ltd. London, No.B 56440, 1940, MK III', it also has the War department broad arrow.
It comes with a sturdy leather carry case which is in good original condition.
A classic WW2 instrument that is not only a collectors piece but is still very much a functional compass, which compares well to the modern equivalents.

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WW1 era Short & Mason MK VII prismatic marching compass

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This is a WW1 era Short & Mason MK VII prismatic marching compass with leather case dated 1917.
Engraved on the underside is 'SHORT & MASON, LONDON, Ltd' and stamped MK VII on the lid. In very good condition all round, with a Mother of Pearl dial for low light reading, it has a gemstone bearing for reduced friction and there is a transit lock activated by lid closure.
The brass case is dent free and still has its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, and the leather case is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Antique Dollond pocket compass with Singers Patent style mother of Pearl Dial

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This hunter cased pocket compass has the classic black & white Singers patent design but unusually on a mother of pearl dial,
Dating to circa 1880, this is a quality item made by Dollond, and is signed 'DOLLOND, LONDON' on the dial.
The clean dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and is set under a damage free crystal, encased within its nickel plated case which is in dent free condition, and retains its nickel plating.
In good working order with a strong hinge, this is quite a rare compass from one of the most renowned instrument makers of the 19th century, and measures 45mm diameter not including the bow.

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Elliott & Sons brass cased explorers compass circa 1850-1854

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This brass cased pocket compass is signed 'ELLIOTT & SONS, 56 STRAND' on the dial around the pivot.
The founder William Elliott formed a partnership with his sons Frederick & Charles in 1850, and the firm became known as Elliott & Sons. However, the name was changed to Elliott Bros from 1854 after William retired in 1853, so we can date this compass quite accurately to between 1850 and 1854.
The stylish blued steel directional needle is engraved N & S in gold lettering & pivots on a brass capped bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
In working order and measuring 60mm in diameter, the brass case is free of any dents or deformities as is the matching original lid and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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WW1 F Darton MK VI Officers pocket compass dated 1917 with leather case

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A superb WW1 military pocket compass, engraved F Darton & Co London, VI, No 1793, 1917.
Unusually, the engraving is on the base of the compass, and also has the military arrow denoting it was War department issue. The inside of the lid is also stamped 179827 M.
The fully nickel plated case is in very good condition with no dents, and the bevelled glass crystal covers a clean aluminium dial pivoting on a gemstone bearing.
In full working order with a strong hinge, a fine compass from one of the rarer makers, it comes in a pigskin leather pouch which may be a later addition.

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Francis Barker M88 military compass with dual use dial
unissued in original cardboard box

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The Francis Barker range of fluid damped prismatic compasses are among the finest professional compasses ever made, and are currently in use by many military forces around the world including NATO.
This particular model is the M88, made from a lightweight yet robust aluminium alloy, and has 5 active self luminous tritium lights enabling full night and day operation.
A dual use model, it's calibrated in both mils & degrees, includes a matching lanyard and also carries the Nato stock no 6605-99-225-8550 on the reverse along with its serial no 13641. Still in its original cardboard box, it clearly has had very little use and the overall condition is excellent.
You really can't get a more accurate compass, and this is perfect for anyone involved in outdoor pursuits.
Measuring 60mm in diameter and 30mm in depth, it's in full working order with no bubbles in the fluid.

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Victorian Francis Barker Pocket Compass in mahogany case

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An early Victorian pocket compass set in a mahogany case, with an attractive paper sunburst dial, divided into 90 degree quadrants and displaying 32 cardinal and inter-cardinal points.
Dating to around 1860, it has its original glass crystal which is retained by a brass bezel, and a flat blued steel needle, with the letters ‘N’ & ‘S.
As with many wood cased compasses of the period this is unsigned, but the use of concealed hinges attaching the lid to the base, was a feature used predominately by Francis Barker, and it’s very likely this compass was made by Barker.
This is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in good condition and a transit lock activated on lid closure. Fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, it measures 65mm x 63mm x 16mm. A real classic piece with a traditional design.  

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Antique brass cased pocket compass signed 'AITCHISON LONDON'

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This brass cased pocket compass is signed 'AITCHISON LONDON' on the lid, dating to the latter part of the 19th or early 20th century, long before the merging of Dollond and Aitchison in 1927.
It has a distinctive floating aluminium dial, which pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean crystal with the four main cardinal points painted in red on the underside.
The case is free from any dents and retains all its black coating inside and has a pleasing age patination on the outside.
In full working order with a transit lock activated by lid closure to minimise wear on the pivot, this is a rare example of a more unusual pocket compass by a prestigious instrument maker, measures 50mm diameter and 15mm deep and comes in a later velvet drawstring pouch for protection.

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Antique gimbal mounted Star Boston mariners compass, circa 1910.

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A small early 20th century gimbal mounted mariners compass inscribed 'Star Boston. U.S.A. 47813'. The Star Compass Company was founded in 1905 in Dorchester, Boston U.S.A. and specialised in liquid marine compasses.
The liquid damped dial is very clean and has 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points with the Star Compass Company logo denoting north.
In excellent condition all round, the damping fluid is clean with no air bubbles, and the glass cover is free from any chips, contained in a compass bowl retaining all of its black painted finish.
The compass is mounted in a box jointed mahogany case with a separate sliding lid, the dimensions are 4.5" square (114mm) by 3.5" deep (90mm), and the overall compass bowl diameter is just over 72mm with a dial diameter of 52mm.
Weighing just under 700 grams this is a robust little compass in good working order that is not only a collectors piece but also practical for todays use.

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Barker & Son WW1 Verners style Mark V prismatic marching compass

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This is a relatively rare prismatic marching compass engraved 'PRISMATIC COMPASS MARK V' on the lid and was produced as an alternative to the more popular Verner's pattern models which were the mainstay of the British Army during WW1.
Whilst there are no real shortages of the WW1 Verner’s pattern compasses, numbers of the Barker's models are very much less, and the underside is engraved 'BARKER & SON, LONDON, No 1129, 1905' and also has the military arrow.
The clean central dial is mother of pearl for low light reading, and as can be seen from the photos the compass body is in good condition with minimal loss of its black finish on the lid, and a clean undamaged glass crystal. In good working order, it still has the rubber anti slip ring on the base underside.
A rare compass from the pre WW1 era, it comes with the leather carrying case which is very good condition with all its stitching intact.

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19th century Tunbridge Ware cased compass with geometric star design

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Tunbridge Ware items originated from the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and were at the height of their popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries.
This is an elegant victorian pocket compass housed within a Tunbridge Ware casing complete with domed lid and decorated with a geometric mosaic star design made up of natural coloured woods, the triangles surrounding the octagram being made from green oak.
The lid unscrews to reveal a stylish directional needle engraved N & S in gold lettering & pivots on a brass capped bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points under an undamaged crystal with a Fleur de Lis North pointer.
Measuring 50mm in diameter by 17mm high and in good working order this is a particularly rare combination of compass and Tunbridge Ware design, all in very good condition.

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Late 19th century Francis Barker brass cased compass

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This late 19th century brass cased compass with a separate push fit lid was made by Francis Barker & Son as evidenced by the small FBS logo within the Trademark London triangle, and printed on the card dial just below the North cardinal point.
The directional needle pivots on a brass capped bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
In working order and measuring 40mm in diameter, the brass case is in excellent condition retaining all of its lacquer and is free of any dents or deformities.

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WW1 Verners Pattern MK VII prismatic compass engraved 'ANGLO-SWISS ASSOCIATION'  belonging to Lieutenant Col. S.F. Thomas DSO

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A British Army WW1 Verner's Pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass with leather case, all in very good condition.
Marked S F Thomas on the case, this compass belonged to one Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Ford Thomas of the 6th Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry. Thomas was also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Order during the first World War and later promoted to Major on October 3rd 1922.
The leather case is embossed 'MARTINS-BIRMm LIMd 1916' with military arrow and has fully intact stitching and shoulder strap.
The compass is engraved 'ANGLO-SWISS ASSOCIATION No. 45553, 1915' on the base and stamped with the War department military arrow.
Still retaining virtually all of its black finish on the lid, the Mother of Pearl dial and glass crystal are in very good condition, and the base still has its original rubber anti-slip ring.
In full working order including the manual transit lock, and weighing in at just under 300 grams this is a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history with some interesting provenance.

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WW1 Officers MK V pocket compass signed Stanley London, dated 1916.

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This British Army Officers hunter cased pocket compass is signed 'Stanley, London, V, 106544, 1916' with the military arrow engraved on the lid, and with so many reproduction instruments bearing the name Stanley London on the internet, its a rare treat to find one of the few genuine items with the MK V design.
The full hunter case is in excellent condition, retaining all of its nickel plating, and comes with the distinctive Singers patent style dial card, which pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction and is housed under a clean beveled glass crystal.
In full working order, a very clean compass with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.

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Late Victorian prismatic compass with folding sight vane

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This brass cased green card dial prismatic compass with folding sight vane was made toward the latter part of the 19th century, and is in good cosmetic condition with a clean crystal under which the dial pivots on a gemstone bearing.
Although unsigned this a quality antique instrument measuring 70mm diameter & comes with its original leather case which has had a small repair on the locking strap but is also in good condition with sound stitching.
In good working order, the compass and case together weigh just under 300 grams.

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WW1 Verners Pattern MK VIII compass by E R Watts& Son, dated 1918.

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This is a WW1 Verner's pattern MK VIII prismatic marching compass dated 1918 with leather case.
Engraved on the underside is 'E.R. Watts & Son, London 1918, 118297' and stamped with the British Army War department arrow.
In very good condition all round, with a Mother of Pearl dial for low light reading, it has a gemstone bearing for reduced friction and there is a transit lock activated by lid closure.
The brass case is dent free and still has its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, and the leather case is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Early 19th century French brass cased compass signed BURON PARIS.

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A very impressive explorers brass cased compass made in France during the early part of the 19th century.
Signed 'Buron Paris' the business was first established in 1788 by Buron and later carried on by his optician son from 1818 onwards who worked closely with Lerebours on landscape lenses for Daguerreotype cameras, and became a Knight of the Royal Order of the Legion d'Honneur in 1844.
The attractive floating dial is in very good legible condition, pivoting on a jewelled bearing and housed under a clean glass crystal.
The lacquered brass case is also in very good condition, still having most of its original lacquer, albeit with some minor surface tarnishing but no dents, and has its original push on protective brass lid.
In full working order, an early antique compass which measures 100mm diameter and 43mm deep with a weight of just under 350 grams.

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Mid 19th century brass cased pocket compass by James Parkes.

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This explorers style compass dates to the mid 19th century and was made by James Parkes & Son of 5 St. Mary's Row, Birmingham, indicated by their custom trademark logo of an eye with brow which could suggest a masonic connection.
In very good condition all round, the distinctive black & white dial has 32 cardinal and intercardinal points with a fleur de lis denoting North, housed under a clean glass crystal.
Housed in dent free brass case with original lid, it's in good working order and measures 55mm diameter and 22mm deep.

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Elegant Victorian Brass cased explorer compass circa 1840

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This is an elegant early Victorian brass cased pocket compass dating to around 1840.
Although unsigned this compass is clearly a quality piece with a floating card dial which is surprisingly clean for an item well over 160 years old.
The distinctive black and white dial has 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points with a fluer de lis indicating north, under a clean crystal.
Housed in dent free brass case with original domed lid, it's in full working order and measures 45mm diameter and 15mm deep.

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WW1 era plane table trough compass with folding sight vanes

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This black lacquered brass trough compass although unsigned was probably made for the British Military during WW1 and used by surveyors and artillery crew to accurately establish magnetic north.
Not used as a traditional compass and also known as a plane table compass, it was used to establish the direction of magnetic North when aligning a plane table or theodolite.
The compass needle consists of a long narrow magnetised bar of steel, pointed at both ends, with the usual agate bearing at its centre and unusually this example has a pair of folding sight vanes.
It also has a manual transit lock and is housed in a leather covered case with an interior catch that clicks shut.
Measuring 170mm x 33mm x 20mm, it weighs 450 grams in its case and is in good working order as well as excellent cosmetic condition.

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19th century Singer’s Patent gimbal mounted compass in mahogany case

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This is an unusual arrangement of a brass bowl gimbal compass with a Singers Patent black & white dial, mounted in a purpose made rectangular mahogany case with dove tail joints.
The distinctive floating card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and has the words ‘SINGER’S PATENT’ printed under the south point.
The gimbal ring is mounted on a removable flat panel and the case has a sliding lid which has a small piece missing on one corner.
It dates to the third quarter of the 19th century and the compass is in good working order easily finding North.
A quirky but decorative item, the compass bowl is just 70mm in diameter, and the case measures 165mm long by 110mm wide and 55mm deep.

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WW1 Verner's Pattern MK VIII prismatic marching compass by F. Darton & Co.

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This is a WW1 Verner's pattern MK VIII prismatic marching compass dated 1917 on the leather case.
It was made by F. Darton & Co, but the engraving is very faint so the serial number can't really be read, although it is stamped with the British Army War department arrow.
In very good condition all round, with a jewelled bearing Mother of Pearl dial, the brass case retains virtually all its non reflective black finish, and there is a transit lock activated by lid closure.
It still has its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, which is so often missing on these compasses, and comes with a leather case which is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass circa 1820

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An impressive Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 80mm square with an attractive paper dial of a particularly early design, it dates to the first quarter of the 19th century circa 1820.
Complimented by the small hand made hinges & fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, the paper compass rose is divided into degrees showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North, & despite some minor age foxing is in relatively clean condition for a compass which is close to 200 years old.
Although the shapely steel needle has some oxidisation which is not surprising for a compass of this age, the engraved N & S is still just visible and sits under the original glass crystal which is free of any damage.
A genuine antique compass with a traditional design, it's in full working order including a transit lock activated by lid closure.

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