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Antique 19th century brass cased pocket compass by Henry Hughes & Son.

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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 and is signed 'H.Hughes 59 Fenchurch St, London' in the centre of the dial.
Made by Henry Hughes & Son around 1880, 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.
Although the lacquered brass case does have some minor lacquer loss on the lid, it is free of any dents or deformities.
This is an antique compass of high quality in very good condition and in full working order.
The dimensions are 70mm diameter and 17mm deep.

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Francis Barker WW2 British Army Officers pocket compass

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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 5961' on the lid and also has the War department military arrow, which shows it was issued to the field.
Made by Francis Barker, the nickel plated hunter case is in very good condition, with a bevelled glass crystal covering the jewelled floating dial.
Measuring 45mm in diameter, its in good condition, and in full working order.

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WW1 Verkners Pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass by Cruchon & Emons, London.

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This is a WW1 Verner's pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass dated 1916 with leather case and carry strap.
Engraved Cruchon & Emons, London, it's also stamped with the British Army War department arrow on the underside of the compass body.
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, which is so often missing on these compasses.
It comes with a leather case which is also in very good condition with all stitching intact and inscribed J.M Haigh and L/Cpl. Heyes, who presumably were previous owners.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Early 20th century RGS pattern compass with leather case

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This is a nice example of an early 20th century pocket compass marked 'REG.NO. 416645' on the dial, the design patented by Francis Barker & Son.
The dial design is sometimes referred to as the R.G.S. (Royal Geographical Society) pattern which was in use in the late 19th century, before the patent was applied for by Francis Barker in 1903.
The aluminium dial is clean, unblemished & pivots on a gemstone bearing under a chip free glass crystal.
The hunter case is in good condition with no dings or dents, and still retains virtually all its non reflective finish.
Measuring 45mm in diameter and 15mm deep, the compass is in good working order including the lid activated transit lock, and comes in a brown leather case which is also in very good condition.

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WW2 MK.IX Prismatic compass by the Canadian Kodak Company dated 1943

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This is quite a rare example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse: 'CKC/C, 5852C MK.IX, 1943'.
Although Francis Barker had the patent rights for many military compasses including this model, and used a large proportion of their production for supply to other instrument makers, the absence of the 'B' prefix on the serial number shows it was actually made under licence by the Canadian Kodak Company for the Canadian military during WW2.
In full working order, the aluminium dial pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean chip free crystal.
In very good cosmetic condition, it also has an automatic transit lock activated by lid closure, and comes with a 1928 dated leather case which is also in very good condition.

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Mid 19th century mahogany cased pocket compass circa 1860

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This is a very elegant mid 19th century pocket compass circa 1860, set in a hinged mahogany block with chamferred sides on the lid which is fastened by two side brass clasps. It has a shapely blued-steel needle engraved N & S for clarity over a traditional paper dial incorporating eight cardinal points, with an elaborate fleur de lis denoting North.
This is one of the larger examples measuring 115mm square and is in very good condition with a clean crystal and dial.
Although unsigned, as many 19th century wood block compasses are, the concealed hinges were a feature almost exclusively used by Francis Barker & Son, and the quality is certainly in keeping with that makers reputation.
In full working order, including the transit lock this is an impressive Victorian compass, with a particularly attractive compass rose.

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Early 19th Century Victorian brass compass

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A distinctive early Victorian brass cased pocket compass dating to around 1850.
Although unsigned this compass is clearly a quality piece with an English cross bar needle pivoting on a gemstone bearing over a clean paper dial with no tears or lifting and is protected by a clean crystal (please note there is a tiny edge chip on the glass around the transit lock stem, but very hard to see).
The lacquered brass case is free from any dents and has its original push on lid which activates the transit lock when closed.
In full working order, it measures 38mm diameter and 14mm deep.

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Antique 19th century Francis Barker brass cased compass circa 1880

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A very elegant brass cased explorer’s style 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 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.
Although the lacquered brass case does have lacquer loss in some areas as can be seen in the photos, it is free of any dents or deformities.
This is an antique compass of high quality, by the most renowned of all compass makers, and in full working order, including a lid activated transit lock.
The dimensions are 70mm diameter and 16mm deep.

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Francis Barker & Son MK II Trough compass

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This brass trough compass was made by Francis Barker & Son for use by the British Military during the WW2 era, and is engraved 'F.B&S 1932 LTD, M.K. II,' 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 good condition and housed in a bakelite case with a sliding lid that activates a transit lock for when the instrument is not in use.
Measuring 165mm x 35mm x 25mm, it weighs just over 200 grams and is in good working order.

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19th century Mariners gimbal mounted compass marked Singers Patent

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This is a quite unique example of a late 19th century mariners compass mounted on gimbals in a mahogany case with decorative brass corner brackets, all in very good condition.
Usually these styles of compasses are quite large, but this particular example, is only 3" (75mm) square & 1.5" (40mm) in height, with the compass bowl being just 45mm in diameter, making it a very compact and consequently much rarer instrument.
The compass floating card dial is the distinctive Singers Patent black & white design pivoting on a gemstone bearing, and is set within a lacqured brass bowl which is free of any knocks or dents, and retains nearly all its original finish.
An unusually small, yet robust little compass weighing only 170 grams, it's in full working order with a clean dial and glass crystal.

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19th century mahogany cased surveyors compass by Edward Bryan, Manchester.

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This impressive English surveyors compass was made sometime in the first half of the 19th century by Edward Bryan in Manchester.
Fitted in a velvet lined mahogany case with folding sight vanes, it's signed on the dial 'EDWARD BRYAN, 24 CROSS STREET MANCHESTER'.
The English cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above the silvered dial under a clean, chip free glass crystal, and also has a lid axctivated transit lock.
This is a substantial compass example measuring 180mm x 155mm x 40mm, with a dial diameter of 120mm, and weighs just under 1kg.
The cosmetic condition is really very good as can be seen from the photos, the mahogany case in particular having a warm patination that only comes with the passage of time.
Not only is this an antique precision compass in full working order, but now 150 years later it would grace any executive desk as a unique decorative item.

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Late 19th century early verners style marching compass with leather case

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This is an unsigned brass marching compass dating to the end of the 19th century period with a dial design used by Ross.
Very similar to the Verners MK III patterns it's a non prismatic model, & the white compass card is is surrounded by a silvered bearing ring, with a brass manual stop & finger brake on one side.
In good working order, it measures 2" in diameter & is in good used condition, with a heavy bevelled crystal that emphasises the quality of this piece.
Comes with a leather case from the same period.

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Francis Barker & Son educational desk top compass

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Dating to the first half of the 20th century, this large Oak cased compass measuring 8.5" square was originally made for educational purposes but today makes an impressive desk ornament.
Made by Francis Barker & Son in the 1930's for the London County Council education department, it also has the Trade Mark London logo arranged in a triangle above the North fleur de lis, within which are the superimposed F B & S letters.
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.
Not only a decorative item, but also a functional compass in working order including the transit lock, this is a substantial instrument weighing just over 1kg.

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Francis Barker WW2 MK IX prismatic marching compass with case

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This is a good example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, with a relatively early serial number and is engraved on the reverse: 'MK. IX, No 599 9 F.BARKER & SON. (1932) Ltd, LONDON, 1936' (also has the British Army War office military arrow).
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 original tan leather case which is also in very good condition.

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Pre WW2 MK VII Hunter cased pocket compass with later RAF Germany insignia badge

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A good example of a full hunter cased pocket watch style compass, with a gemstone pivot floating dial, and set in a nickel plated case which has the insignia badge of the Royal Air Force Germany (Keepers of The Peace) attached to the lid.
The compass dates to the pre WW2 period, but RAF Germany was formed in 1959 so the insignia was added after this time.
Although not signed by any maker, it was probably made by Francis Barker and is the MK VII version which was the last model of the hunter cased pocket watch style designs that were developed during WW1 for British Army Officers.
In very good condition, the case is good with a clean undamaged crystal, all in fine working order. Measures 45mm in diameter.

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19th century brass cased pocket compass by Francis Barker circa 1890

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A fine example of a Francis Barker & Son 19th century hunter cased pocket compass, having a black & white Singers patent style card dial with the FBS trademark logo printed just below the North Star point.
The intertwined FBS letters of the logo show the 'S' to be reversed in recognition of the death of Francis Barker in 1875, so made after that date & likely to be circa 1890.
Of brass construction, with a clean glass crystal having a red lubber line painted on the underside, it's in very good condition all round, and the case is free from any dents retaining virtually all its black coating.
In full working order with a transit lock activated by lid closure, this is one of the more unusual pocket compasses by a much sought after maker, measures 60mm diameter and 20mm deep.

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WW1 Verners MK VII compass by Cruchon & Emons, dated 1916

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This is a WW1 Verners pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass with leather case.
In excellent cosmetic condition, it's engraved 'Cruchon & Emons London No 1916' on the base and also has the War department military arrow.
The leather case is also embossed with the military arrow so is likely to be the original case, which is also in good condition & all stitching intact.
Still retaining virtually all of its black finish on the lid, the Mother of Pearl dial and glass covers are in very good condition.
The serial number is 17678 which is engraved inside the lid.
In full working order, a nice complete example.

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Mid 19th century pocket compass circa 1860

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An attractive early Victorian pocket compass set in a fishskin covered case, measuring 52mm in diameter, and dating to circa 1860.
The elegant blued steel needle is impressed 'N' & 'S' in gold letters for clarity, and sits over a traditional paper compass dial which is still very legible, incorporating 16 cardinal & intercardinal points with a fleur de lys for North.
The compass glass crystal is protected by a silk lining on the lid, which is fastened by an ornate brass clasp.
In working order, the cosmetic condition of both compass & outer case is good, the case in particular having a sound hinge and clasp.

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Edwardian mahogany cased pocket compass with folding gnomon

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This Edwardian pocket compass with the unusual feature of a folding gnomon is set in a mahogany case, with an elegant scroll shaped brass fastener.
The clean paper dial has a 360 degree graduated scale for compass readings, with 8 main cardinal points.
In very good cosmetic condition as can be seen by the photos, it measures 63mm square & 18mm deep.
A nice clean compass dating to the early 1900's, it's a visually impressive piece and fully functional with a lid activated transit lock.

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Victorian pocket compass signed Callaghan London, circa 1860's

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An attractive 19th century brass cased pocket compass that unusually has what appears to be a silver North cardinal point on the dial.
Signed 'CALLAGHAN LONDON'around the centre point on the floating card dial which pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean glass crystal, it dates to the second half of the 19th cenury and was probably made by William Callaghan who worked at various addresses in London from 1860.
A small compass measuring just under 37mm in overall diameter, it's in good working order and also has a a built in transit lock which is activated when the brass lid is in place.

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English made 19th century pocket sextant signed G A Boettger Capetown

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A superb example of a WW1 British Army Officers MK V pocket watch compass by L Kamm, in a full hunter nickel case which is in excellent dent free condition. The lid is engraved 'L Kamm & Co, London, V, 49194, 1915', along with the military arrow showing it to have been issued into service.
This compass is in very good cosmetic condition as can be seen from the photos, with a thick bevelled glass crystal covering the distinctive Singers patent style black & white floating dial, which is mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
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 Kamm.
A fine working example from one of the rarer makers who did not use the more common Dennison case.
In full working order, with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter.

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Vintage pocket compass with clinometer function in hunter case

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An unusual Hunter cased combined pocket compass & clinometer with integral folding sight vanes.
No makers marks and of nickel plated brass construction, it's generally in very good condition & probably dates to the early part of the 20th century.
The compass has a needle with a red gemstone pivot, set over an aluminium 2 tier dial, the upper 360 degree scale being for compass readings, and the lower 180 degree scale is for the clinometer function.
All in good working order with a manual transit lock, it's a substantial instrument measuring 60mm diameter and 25mm in depth.

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Francis Barker & Son hunter cased pocket compass circa 1910

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A stylish example of an Edwardian hunter cased pocket compass with an English cross bar needle on a jewelled pivot, and signed 'F.BARKER & SON MAKERS LONDON' on the frosted aluminium dial.
Dating to around 1910, its 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 case is also in good condition with a warm patination, and is dent free.
Measuring 50mm in diameter not including the bow, this is a sturdy yet attractive compass in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by lid closure.

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Early Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass

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This mid 19th century pocket compass is set in a hinged mahogany block and has a shapely blued-steel needle engraved N & S for clarity, with a paper dial divided into degrees.
Although unsigned, as many 19th century wood block compasses are, the concealed hinges were a feature almost exclusively used by Francis Barker, and the quality is certainly in keeping with that makers reputation.
Fastened with an attractive 7 shaped brass clasp, this is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in fine order, and a working transit lock activated by lid closure.
Measuring 65mm square, it is in full working order, and very good cosmetic condition, a classic Victorian compass with a traditional dial design.

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Victorian explorers pocket compass with lid circa 1860

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This is an elegant 19th century brass cased explorers or travellers compass with a traditional dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean crystal.
The blued steel needle has N & S lettering for clarity, and the brass case is in very good condition, with no dents.
Dating to around 1860 it's unsigned but is clearly an antique compass of some quality, with a clean paper dial except for one small age stain around the SE point, and has its original push fit brass lid.

In full working order, the dimensions are 45mm diameter and 11mm deep.


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Early 20th century Oak cased pocket compass

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An Edwardian pocket compass set in what appears to be an oak case, with two elegant scroll shaped brass fasteners.
The clean paper dial has a 360 degree graduated scale for compass readings, with 8 main cardinal points, and probably made in England for export as the dial pattern is French, note the 'O' (Ouest) for West.
This compass is in very good condition as can be seen by the photos, and measures 70mm square & 20mm deep.
A nice clean compass, dating to the first quarter of the 20th century, and fully functional with a lid activated transit lock.

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Rare 1950's Glauser MK 4 prismatic compass with original service kit & instructions.

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Not only is this Glauser MK 4 a rare compass, but it's also in excellent condition and comes complete with its leather case & most of the original service kit.
The kit comprises of a 1/2 oz bottle of liquid (empty), disc spanner, sighting wire, chamois leather & instruction sheet, the spare interchangeable pivot being the only item missing.
Designed in the 1950's as a special project, it featured the facility to trap any bubbles inside a double casing that could be easily topped up with liquid, and an easily replaced pivot, which also made it possible for it to be serviced by the owner instead of having to send it back to the manufacturer.
It comes with mother of pearl dial divided into degreees with an accuracy of +/- 1/2 degree, and is in exceptional cosmetic condition, even the luminous points are still active.
Although designed by J M Glauser, it appears from the instruction sheet that Henry Browne & Son were the sole manufacturers, which suggests that this may have been after 1956 when Jean Maurice Glauser retired.
A precision compass in full working order with no bubbles in the alcohol liquid, and of brass construction, it has a substantial feel to it weighing 11oz without its case.

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1918 British Army Officers hunter cased pocket compass by W F Holmes Birmingham

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An excellent condition WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved W. F. Holmes, Birmingham VI 44198, 1918, with the military arrow denoting War department issue, also stamped on the lid.
The polished full hunter case is free of any dents and retains all its original nickel plating, with a bevelled glass crystal covering an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original dial markings intact.
In full working order, with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem, a fine example of these iconic compasses.

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Victorian brass cased pocket compass

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Dating to the first half of the 19th century (circa 1850), this brass cased pocket compass measures 75mm in diameter and stands 35mm high.
Although there is no lid, it does have the advantage of a removable crystal within a brass bezel, which means it can be easily kept clean.
The attractive card dial is in good cosmetic condition and the brass case is also free from any dents or gouges with wear consistent with its age.
Unsigned, but in full working order.

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19th century mariners compass gimbal mounted in Oak case

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This is a fine example of an early 19th century mariners compass mounted on gimbals in an oak case with a later replacement sliding lid.
In good condition, it measures 5" (130mm) square & 4" (100mm) in height, with the compass bowl being 80mm in diameter, making it a smaller than usual and therefore not so common.
The compass floating card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing, and is set within a brass bowl which is free of any knocks or dents and retains all its original lacquer.
The oak case has early dovetail joints and is generally in sound condition although the base has a large ink stain, probably happened in rough seas! There is also a faded label on the front where the words Mariners Compass can just be made out.
Dating to circa 1840, this is a robust little compass weighing just over 600 grams and is in full working order with a clean dial and glass crystal.

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Early Victorian brass cased pocket compass with lid, circa 1840.

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A small 19th century brass cased pocket compass circa 1840, with a distinctive floating dial pivoting on a gemstone bearing.
Although there is no makers name, the card dial is in very good legible condition and is housed under a clean glass crystal.
The brass case is also in good condition, free of any dents, and has its original push on protective brass lid.
In full working order, a good example of an early Victorian compass which measures 40mm diameter and 18mm deep with a transit lock activated by a

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Rare Barker's Patent no 29677, 1910 prismatic marching compass

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This is a relatively rare prismatic marching compass engraved 'BARKERS PATENT, PAT No: 29677, 1910' 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 patent models are very much less.
The clean central dial is aluminium with an outer 360 degree scale on a transparent rim, 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. The only blemish is that it no longer has the rubber anti slip ring on the base underside, but this doesn't affect the function as it's in full working order.
A rare compass from the WW1 era, it comes with its original leather carrying case which although lightly scuffed in places is very sound with all its stitching intact.

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19th century pocket compass by Aubrey Franks

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An attractive late Victorian pocket compass set in a leather covered outer case measuring 40mm in diameter, it has a label inside the lid which reads 'A. Franks, Optician, Manchester, Liverpool & Hull'.
This is Aubrey Franks who belonged to the famous Franks family founded in the late 18th century by Isaac Franks. The firm operated in Manchester from 1798 and continued as a family business throughout the 19th & 20th centuries with Aubrey taking it over in 1878.
The firm operated under the Franks name until 1950, when it was finally acquired by Dollond & Aitchison.
The elegant blued steel needle is impressed 'N' & 'S' in gold lettering & sits over a clean paper compass dial incorporating 16 cardinal & intercardinal points with a fleur de lys for North.
The compass glass crystal is protected by a blue velvet lining on the case lid, which is fastened by an ornate brass clasp.
In good working order, the cosmetic condition of both compass & outer case is good, although the case is a little on the delicate side.

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A WW1 Verners pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass by J H Steward

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This is a J H Steward Verners Pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass signed J. H. STEWARD LONDON on the lid.
The MK VII was introduced in to the British Army just before WW1, and although this example doersn't have a serial number it does have the military arrow which suggests it was issued very early in or prior to WW1.
Still retaining virtually all of its black finish on the lid, the Mother of Pearl dial and glass covers are in very good condition, and the base still has its original rubber anti slip ring.
In full working order with a manual transit lock, a nice complete example from WW1 which comes with a good condition Sam Browne leather case for attaching to a belt.

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WW1 Clement Clarke MK VI military pocket compass dated 1918

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A fine example of a 1918 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass by Clement Clarke, a British optician established in 1917, so made relatively few of these compasses during WW1. Housed in a full hunter case which is in excellent dent free condition, it retains all its nickel plating both inside and out, and is engraved 'CLEMENT CLARKE LTD, LONDON, VI , 35783 1918' on the lid along with the military arrow, although the markings are quite worn but still readable.
Despite this the compass is in excellent cosmetic condition as can be seen from the photos, and the thick bevelled glass crystal covers the clean aluminium dial, mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
In full working order, with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter.

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Victorian brass cased pocket compass by Francis Barker & Son

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A quality brass cased Victorian compass with a separate brass lid, by Francis Barker & Son London. The blued steel needle with gold letters pivots above an attractive sunburst dial and is covered by a clean undamaged crystal.
The paper dial has the F Barker and Son logo, within the trademark London triangle just under the North cardinal point and dates to the latter part of the 19th century.
A small example measuring just 30mm in diameter, it's a nice antique compass in very good condition with no dents and a snug fitting lid, in full working order.

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WW1 Plane table or trough compass by Francis Barker, dated 1916.

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This black lacquered brass trough compass, was made by Francis Barker & Son for use by the British Military during WW1, and is engraved 'F.BARKER & SON, LONDON, II, No. 9571, 1916' 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 agate bearing at its centre. It is mounted in a narrow rectangular box carrying a pivot at its centre, and is housed in a mahogany case with a sliding lid that activates a transit lock for when the instrument is not in use.
Measuring 168mm x 40mm x 28mm in its wooden case, it weighs just over 0.3kgs and is in good working order as well as excellent cosmetic condition.

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WW1 Terrasse MK VI military pocket compass dated 1918

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One of the rarer examples of a WW1 British Army Officers pocket watch compass, engraved Terrasse. W. Co. VI 87567, 1918, along with the military arrow.
The nickel plated case is in good condition, although the plating is a little rubbed in places on the outside surfaces and more so on the underside as can be seen in the larger photos, but is completely intact inside the lid.
It has a bevelled glass crystal covering the attractive jewelled pivot floating aluminium dial which is in very good condition, retaining all its original markings.
In full working order, with strong hinge. A fine working example from one of the lesser known makers of this style of compass. Measures 45mm in diameter.

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Late19th century mahogany cased compass, circa 1880.

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Although this mahogany cased pocket compass is named and dated June 1902 by a previous owner, it was made a little earlier in the late Victorian period, sometime during the 1880's.
The distinctive paper dial has 16 cardinal points and an outer scale calibrated in 2 degree increments in four 90 degree quadrants.
In excellent cosmetic condition, direction is indicated by an English cross bar needle which pivots on a jewelled bearing under a clean undamaged crystal.
Measuring 67mm square, the lid is skilfully hand engraved 'Thomas R Midgley, June 1902' and is fastened with two '7' shaped brass clasps.
This is a stylish antique compass in full working order, including the original transit lock activated by lid closure.

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This is a fine example of a 1917 British Army Officers full hunter cased pocket compass from WW1. 
It's engraved 'F Barker & Son London, 1917, VI, 19866' on the underside of the case, and the lid has the numbers 128693M on the inside.
The nickel plated hunter case is in very good dent free condition with all its plating intact, and it has a bevelled glass crystal covering the floating dial which pivots on a red gemstone bearing for reduced friction.
A fine military compass by Francis Barker, who was probably the most prolific compass maker in history, it's in very good condition, and in full working order, including the automatic transit lock. It measures 45mm diameter.

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This is a fine example of a 1917 British Army Officers full hunter cased pocket compass from WW1.
It's engraved 'F Barker & Son London, 1917, VI, 19866' on the underside of the case, and the lid has the numbers 128693M on the inside.
The nickel plated hunter case is in very good dent free condition with all its plating intact, and it has a bevelled glass crystal covering the floating dial which pivots on a red gemstone bearing for reduced friction.
A fine military compass by Francis Barker, who was probably the most prolific compass maker in history, it's in very good condition, and in full working order. It measures 45mm diameter.

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  SOLD SC1653    
Lennie pocket compass with Singers Patent style dial

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This small brass pocket compass engraved 'LENNIE EDINBURGH' inside the lid dates to the latter part of the 19th century, circa 1880's.
Although measuring only 35mm diameter, this is quite a striking little compass with a black & white Singers patent style card dial pivoting on a gemstone bearing. The dial also has the word ENGLAND on it which suggests that Lennie didn't manufacture the compass but bought it on a wholesale basis, probably from Francis Barker, and rebranded it.
It has a gunmetal finish both inside & outside the hunter case which is pretty much complete, although there is some minor loss inside the lid.
A compact compass, of good quality which is in full working order.

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  SOLD SC1646    
J H Steward Vernercompass patent model circa 1890

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Whilst there are no real shortages of the WW1 Verner’s Pattern prismatic compasses, this particular non prismatic example was made by J H Steward, probably around the 1890’s before the Verners pattern model numbers were introduced in the early 20th century, as it is engraved ‘No 2363 VERNER COMPASS PATENT, J H STEWARD, 406 STRAND LONDON’

As can be seen from the photos it is in good condition with minimal loss of its black finish on the lid, and a clean undamaged glass crystal under which the card dial retains all its markings.

A rare compass in full working order, there is also a manual transit lock.

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  SOLD SC1612    
Early 20th century Sherwood London pocket compass with Verners style dial.

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A full hunter cased pocket compass with a Verners style aluminium dial which pivots on a red gemstone bearing, under a clean glass crystal.
The case is of blackened brass construction and is in almost mint condition with virtually no paint loss or any dents.
Signed 'Sherwood London' on the clean dial, it's a non prismatic model dating to the post WW1 period and is in full working order.
In excellent all round condition, it measures 55mm diameter and 18mm depth, and incorporates a transit lock activated on lid closure.

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  SOLD SC1593    
S Mordan WW1 compass from 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment

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This WW1 Verner's pattern MKVIII prismatic marching compass is made by Sampson Mordan, and is engraved 'S. Mordan & Co, 102376, 1918', it's also stamped with the British Army War department arrow on the underside of the compass body.
It has the original owners details hand scribed on the compass body, and reads 'J GARNER LT 7 no SHER FOR'. This refers to a Lieutenant J Garner of the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion Sherwood Foresters, who served from 1914 - 1920 and was awarded the British war medal & Victory medal.
In very good condition all round, with a jewelled bearing Mother of Pearl dial, the brass case has a nice age patination, and there is a transit lock activated by lid closure.
It still has its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, so often missing on these compasses, and comes with its original leather case also dated 1918, which is also in very good condition with all stitching intact.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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  SOLD SC1631    
Elliott Bros 19th century prismatic compass, used in Zulu war of 1879.

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This black lacquered brass, green card prismatic compass was made by Elliott Bros and is printed 'ELLIOTT BROS, STRAND, LONDON' 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.
It measures 70mm diameter, and has a folding front sight which also locks the compass card for transit, and a prism that locks down by means of a brass strap. The compass body also has the name of the original owner 'F. J. DeLisle.' engraved in a flowing script, along with his initials F.J.D. impressed on the original leather case.
My research indicates that this was Frederick J DeLisle, a Lieutenant in the 8th Battery Brigade in South Africa during the Zulu wars of 1879 and is recorded in the UK Military award Rolls as receiving a campaign medal for actively engaging against the Zulus.
In good working order this is a relatively rare example in very good condition, from one of the more renowned makers of the 19th century, and with an interesting military provenance.

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  SOLD SC1624    
19th century 3 draw telescope signed Lennie Edinburgh

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A very elegant brass cased explorer’s style compass with a separate push fit lid probably made around 1880 by Francis Barker & Son on a wholesale basis, so unsigned.
The stylish English cross bar needle pivots on a jewelled bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean undamaged crystal.
Housed in a lacqured brass case with minor some lacquer loss as can be seen in the photos, it is free of any dents and has some numbers which appear to read 18/6 scratched on the underside, which may have been some kind of index number.
This is a very clean antique compass of high quality, with its original glass crystal which is free of any chips or damage.
In full working order, including a transit lock activated when lid is in place, the dimensions are 60mm diameter and 18mm deep.

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  SOLD SC1573    
Enbeeco liquid filled prismatic compass with degrees dial.

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This is a 1970's prismatic liquid filled prismatic compass in superb cosmetic condition and engraved 'Enbeeco, Made in England' on the reverse, which is a brand name of Newbold & Bulford Co Ltd.
It has a degrees dial, and although is similar in design to the Francis Barker M88, the maker is not so well known but the compass is still a quality precision instrument which compares well with the M88, and is a good alternative for a lower budget.
The body is constructed from an aluminium alloy which is slightly heavier than the M88 at 133 grams, and comes in its original leather case.
As can be seen from the photos the condition is exceptional showing very little signs of use, and is in full working order with the liquid damping effect giving precise readings very quickly.

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  SOLD SC1582    
Francis Barker WW2 British Army Officers pocket compass

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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 5237' on the lid and also has the War department military arrow, which shows it was issued to the field.
Made by Francis Barker, the nickel plated hunter case is in very good condition, with a bevelled glass crystal covering the jewelled floating dial.
As can be seen from the photos, its in really good condition, and in full working order, with a strong hinge.
It measures 45mm diameter.

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Antique pocket compass by Francis Barker & Son

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A nice example of a Hunter cased pocket compass by Francis Barker, which dates to the early part of the 20th century, and quite similar in style to the WW1 British Army Officers compasses.
Fitted with an English cross bar needle that pivots on an agate gemstone, above an attractive frosted aluminium dial on which is printed 'F Barker & Son, Makers London '.
A super compass measuring 45mm in diameter, it's in good working order and the clean glass crystal is chip free.
A very collectable compass by probably the most prolific of all of compass makers.

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  SOLD SC1583    
Rare 19th century pocket compass by John Benjamin Dancer, Manchester.

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A stunning early Victorian gilded brass pocket compass set in a red silk & velvet lined leather case, this is a particularly rare example made by the celebrated Manchester optician John Benjamin Dancer, son of Josiah dancer whose business he inherited in 1835.
As can be seen from the photos it's in exceptional condition, and the English cross bar needle pivots on a red gemstone bearing for reduced friction, above a white enamel dial with 16 cardinal & inter cardinal points, protected by a slightly domed glass crystal.
Dating to circa 1845, it comes fitted in a Moroccan leather case which is in good sound condition and retains its ornate brass fastening clasp.
Measuring 35mm in diameter not including the bow, this elegant compass is in working order including the transit lock, activated by a lever behind the compass stem and finds North easily, settling quickly.

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  SOLD SC1557    
F Darton1916 WW1 Army Officers

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This is a rare MK V British Army Officers pocket compass engraved 'F. Darton & Co. London,V, no 79531 A, 1916.'
Housed in a bright nickel plated full hunter case with its distinctive Singers style dial, it’s in full working order the crystal is free from any chips. The lid flips open by depressing the push button on the crown, and snaps shut with a positive click as it should.
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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  SOLD SC1618    
WW1 Verner's Pattern MK VIII prismatic marching compass by E R Watts & Son

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This is a WW1 Verner's pattern MKVIII prismatic marching compass dated 1917.
Engraved E. R. Watts & Son, London with serial no 73633, it's also stamped with the British Army War department arrow on the underside of the compass body.
In very good condition all round, with a jewelled bearing Mother of Pearl dial, the brass case has a nice age patination, 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 very good condition with all stitching intact.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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  SOLD SC1558    
WW1 British Army marching compass by J Wardale

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A nice example of a WW1 military marching compass by J Wardale London, dated 1918 and numbered 6269, the majority of these compasses were made out of wood toward the end of WW1 when brass was becoming very scarce, due to its extensive use in munitions.
Set in a mahogany block measuring 3" square, with a Verner's design dial card under a rotating glass crystal, it's in good original condition with very little cosmetic wear and tear.
In good working order throughout, the base is engraved 'J WARDALE & Co, LONDON, 1918 no 6269' and there is a small military arrow engraved in one corner, showing it to have been issued in to service.

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  SOLD SC1542    
Early 19th century Georgian brass cased pocket compass

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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 blued-steel needle engraved N & S for clarity, with a clean paper dial divided into degrees and also showing all the points of the compass.
Although unsigned, this is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in fine order, and a working transit lock activated by lid closure.

Measuring 60mm in diameter, it is in full working order, and excellent cosmetic condition, a classic Georgian compass with a traditional dial design. 

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  SOLD SC1566    
19th century mahogany cased desk top compass

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This large Victorian mahogany cased desk top compass measures 7.5" (190mm) square, with a dial diameter of 6.25" (160mm)and made during the last quarter of the 19th century in London, for use as an educational aid in schools.
The Elementary Education Act of 1870 created elected school boards to build & run schools, and this compass was made for the London School Board by the maker W.W. Hooper, the attractive paper dial reads 'SCHOOL BOARD FOR LONDON. WW Hooper Chester Road, East Ham. E.'
The School boards were abolished in 1902 and replaced by Local education Authorities.
Not only a very impressive compass in good working order, but also quite a rare item which is part of social history.
In great condition, North is a fleur-de-lis and there are no fewer than 32 Cardinal & inter cardinal points plus an outer scale with four 90 degree quadrants.

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  SOLD SC1512    
Early MK V Officers pocket compass by Short & Mason dated 1910, with low serial number 2981, & card dial.

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The majority of MK V pocket compasses were made during the WW1 period up to 1917 when they were superceded by the MK VI version.
This particular example is quite rare as not only does it date from 1910 with a very low serial number, but it also has the earlier card dial as opposed to the more common aluminium ones found in the majority.
Made by Short & Mason and engraved on the lid 'Short & Mason Ltd, London, V, 1910, 2981', it also has the military arrow, showing that it was issued into service.
The hunter case is in very good condition with only one or two very minor dings and retains all its nickel plating both inside and out.
It has a bevelled glass crystal covering the distinctive Singers patent black & white floating dial, which is mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
In full working order, with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.

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  SOLD SC1523    
Late 19th century pocket compass with mother of pearl dial

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A rare pocket compass, with a classic black & white Singers patent design on a Mother of Pearl dial, housed in a gilded brass case.
Although unsigned this is a quality piece dating to the latter part of the 19th century circa 1880, and in very good condition as can be seen from the photos.
The clean dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and is set under a clean undamaged bevelled crystal.
In good working order, with a functioning transit lock activated by a push button on the stem, this is an impressive compass in very good condition, and measures 42mm diameter not including the bow.
It comes with a modern gold plated albert style chain, and will be sent in a plush gift box.

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  SOLD SC1516    
1917 WW1 British Army Officers pocket compass by Haseler Birmingham

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This is a British Army WW1 Officers pocket watch style compass, engraved C Haseler & Son Ltd, Birmingham VI 127112 1917, along with the War Department military arrow on the lid. The engraving is quite shallow and difficult to photograph, but is easily read by eye when held in the hand.
It has its original bevelled glass crystal which is in fine condition, and covers an attractive jewelled pivot floating dial with most of its markings intact, save for some minor paint loss on the tip of the North arrow.
The full hunter case is in very good condition, retaining all its original nickel plating with no dents, and the compass is in full working order.
Measuring 45mm diameter on the main body, it's a fine example of these charismatic WW1 compasses, which are becoming increasingly scarce.

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19th century mahogany cased compass by Yeates & Son Dublin

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This is a very elegant mid 19th century pocket compass circa 1870, set in a hinged mahogany block 65mm square. It has a shapely blued-steel needle engraved N & S in gold lettering, pivoting over a clean paper dial divided into degrees and also showing all the points of the compass. The needle is held by a detent which comes into play when the lid is closed.
The compass dial has the makers name 'YEATES & SON, DUBLIN', who succeeded George Yeates & Son in 1865.
Fastened with an attractive 7 shaped brass clasp, this is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in clean condition.
In very good condition and in full working order, it finds North well, this is a classic Victorian compass with a traditional dial design.

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  SOLD SC1508    
Genuine Stanley Victorian brass cased pocket compass.

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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, and this particular compass is a fine example to admire.
Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, it's constructed from brass with an English cross bar needle which pivots above a distinctive dial, engraved 'STANLEY LONDON', and covered by the original crystal in clean undamaged condition.
It has a separate push on lid for protecting the glass crystal, which also activates a transit lock for locking the needle when in place.
A quality Victorian piece with a traditional printed paper dial denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points, it's in very good condition all round, no dents, and the paper dial is complete without any tears.
A fully working antique compass measuring 47mm in diameter.

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  SOLD SC1503    
Early Georgian mariners brass compass with outer case

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An impressive example of an early Georgian mariners pocket compass dating between 1820 & 1830.
Housed in a brass case with lid, it comes with its original sepearate velvet lined papier mache outer case, so often missing on these compasses.
Although unsigned the distinctive floating card dial is of a particularly early design and is still surprisingly clean, although there is some minor fading only visible on close inspection.
In very good condition all round including the outer case, it still has the original glass crystal and there are no dents in the brass case or lid.
In good working order, it measures 50mm diameter in its brass case, with the outer case being 60mm in diameter.

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  SOLD SC1486    
Verners pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass dated 1915

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A British Army WW1 Verner's Pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass with leather case and carry strap, all in very good condition.
Engraved '1915 Ed KOEHN GENEVA SWITZERLAND no 21754'on the base, and also 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 in very good condition, and the base still has its original rubber anti slip ring.
The leather case is embossed J B Brooks & Co Ltd 1915, and is likely to be the original case given they share the same date.
In full working order, a nice complete example from WW1.

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Close up view of compass dial & hand made hinges

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This is an impressive Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 80mm square.
The attractive paper compass dial is of a particularly early design, graduated in 90 degree quadrants and dates to the first quarter of the 19th century circa 1820.
Complimented by the small triangular hand made hinges and a plain blued steel needle, this is a stylish antique compass which is approaching 200 years old.
It's quite rare to find compasses of this age in such good condition, and it's in full working order including the original transit lock activated by lid closure.

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  SOLD SC1454    
Antique brass cased pocket compass circa 1800

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A fine example of a late 18th or early 19th century brass cased pocket compass circa 1800.
Although unsigned the sunburst design of the dial and blued steel needle with the triangular brass cap bearing indicates that this is an early compass.
The brass case is in very good condition with no dents and unusually has a screw on domed lid instead of the more common push on type.
In good working order with its original glass crystal and clean dial, it measures 42mm in diameter and 15mm deep including the lid.

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1920's Prismatic artillery compass by E R Watts

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This is a large prismatic artillery compass, made by E. R. Watts & Son London, during the 1920's.
It really is an impressive instrument measuring 125mm in diameter and incorporates a number of features not found on the more standard models, including two rotating sun filters on the prism, with an adjustable folding mirror on the back sight.
A substantial instrument weighing over 800 grams, 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 very good cosmetic condition and comes with its original leather case, which is also in sound 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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Negretti & Zambra  mahogany cased pocket compass circa 1870

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A small but impressive mid Victorian dial card pocket compass, set in a hinged mahogany block 41mm square with an attractive fleur de lis for North, and a clean paper dial divided into four quadrants of 90degrees around its circumference.
The dial card is signed 'NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA LONDON' in a circle around the centre pivot which has a gemstone bearing for reduced friction, and is held by a transit lock activated when the lid is closed.
Fastened with an attractive 7 shaped brass clasp, both crystal and dial are also in fine order.
In full working order, a real classic with a traditional design by a well respected maker, circa 1870.

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19th century explorers style  pocket compass by Francis Barker, with leather case.

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A very elegant brass cased explorer’s style 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 stylish English cross bar needle pivots on a jewelled bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean undamaged crystal.
Housed in a lacqured brass case which does have some lacquer loss on its underside as can be seen in the photos, it is free of any dents or deformities.
This is an antique compass of high quality, by the most renowned of all compass makers and comes in a leather carry case from the same period.
In full working order, including a transit lock activated when lid is in place, the dimensions are 70mm diameter and 18mm deep.

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Negretti & Zambra pocket compass with Singers patent style dial. circa 1880

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A small pocket compass, in superb condition which has a classic black &white Singers patent design on a Mother of Pearl dial, housed in a full hunter case.
Dating to circa 1880, this is a quality item made by Negretti & Zambra, and is signed 'NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA, LONDON' on the dial.
The clean dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and is set under a damage free bevelled crystal, encased within its nickel plated case which is in dent free condition, and retains all 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, measuring 38mm diameter not including the bow.

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Victorian brass cased explorers pocket compass

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A very attractive 19th century brass cased explorers compass with a push fit lid that unusually carries a very decorative personalised inscription reading ' I B Browne from J C C , DECR 25th 1895 '.
Clearly a special Christmas gift for someone, but I suspect the compass is actually earlier than the inscribed date, as this distinctive dial design spans several decades from before the mid 19th century.
The floating card dial pivots on a pink gemstone bearing and is housed under a bevelled edge glass crystal which is clean and free from any chips
Although unsigned this is clearly a quality pocket compass in very good condition, the brass case & lid retaining virtually all of their original lacquer and measures 80mm in diameter.
Measuring 80mm in diameter, it's in good working order and also has a a built in transit lock which is activated when the brass lid is in place.

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19th century floating dial card pocket compass

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This is a very elegant 19th century dial card pocket compass, dating to around 1875.
The distinctive black & white dial has 8 cardinal & intercardinal points, along with outer graduations in one degree increments, and is housed under a clear domed crystal.
Set in a black leather covered case with green velvet lining, and fastened with an ornate brass clasp, this is a fine antique compass from the mid Victorian period which is in very good cosmetic condition.
In good working order the compass measures 45mm diameter, and the outer case just under 55mm.

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19th century travellers pocket compass with lid circa 1890

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A distinctive late Victorian brass cased travellers pocket compass dating to around 1890.
The silvered compass dial has 8 cardinal points and an outer scale calibrated in 1degree increments in four 90 degree quadrants.
Direction is indicated by an English cross bar needle which pivots on a jewelled bearing under a clean undamaged crystal.
The brass case is in very good polished condition free of any dents, with a brass lid for protecting the glass crystal and engaging the built in transit lock.

In full working order, the dimensions are 70mm diameter and 18mm deep.

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Victorian brass cased pocket compass signed Lennie Edinburgh

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A stylish example of a 19th century brass cased pocket compass with an English cross bar needle on a jewelled pivot, and signed 'Lennie Opticians Edinburgh', on the lid. 
However, I believe this was the retailer who purchased the compass on a wholesale basis from one of the main compass makers of the time, which was very likely Francis Barker.
Dating to around 1890, its in good clean condition with a clear, and undamaged crystal over a frosted aluminium dial. The black finished brass case is also in good condition retaining virtually all its original finish, and is dent free.
Measuring 45mm diameter and 15mm thick, this is a sturdy yet attractive compass in full working order, including the automatic transit lock.

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  SOLD SC1236    
Early WW1 MK V Army Officers pocket compass by J Hicks, London

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A rare example of an early WW1 British Army Officers MK V pocket compass with a low serial number, dated 1914 and made by J Hicks, although the case was supplied by Dennison. (Stamped with the Dennison mark inside the base cover)
It's engraved on the lid 'J. Hicks, London, V, 10609, 1914, and has the military arrow.
The hunter case is in very good dent free condition and retains all its nickel plating both inside and out.
It has a bevelled glass crystal covering the distinctive Singers patent style black & white floating dial, which is mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
In full working order, with a functioning transit lock, it measures 45mm in diameter.

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19th century F Barker Compass

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A fine 19th century English cross bar needle compass signed 'F BARKER & SON, MAKER LONDON' on dial, with the FBS trademark logo stamped on the case underside. The intertwined FBS letters of the logo show the 'S' to be the correct way round indicating that the compass dates before 1880 after which it was reversed in recognition of the death of Francis Barker in 1875.
Of brass construction, with a clean bevelled glass crystal having the 4 cardinal points painted in red on the underside, it's in very good condition all round. The case is free from any dents & retains all its black coating inside, and a pleasing age patination on the outside where the original coating has rubbed off over many years.
In full working order with a transit lock activated by lid closure, this is a rare example of a more unusual pocket compass by a much sought after maker, measures 45mm diameter and 13mm deep.

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Rare Brunton compass by William Ainsworth dated 1942

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Originally designed by a Canadian geologist named D W Brunton in the late 19th century, the Brunton compass is still very much the first choice of many geologists for field mapping of geological objects.
This is a 1942 M2 model made by William Ainsworth & Sons, Denver Colorado, who were the sole manufacturers of Bruntons Patent when it was granted in 1894.
Brunton compasses are still made today, but this is a relatively rare example by the most renowned maker of this type.
Given it's age it does have paint loss on the outside case, but internally in very good condition and fully working.
Measuring between 70mm -75mm in width and 28mm in height it weighs just under 250 grams without it's case.
It comes in a light tan leather case which is in very good condition with all stitching intact.

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early Victorian mahogany cased compasses by T B Winter Newcastle

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A nice example of a late Victorian hunter cased pocket compass signed T B Winter & Son. Newcastle on Tyne.' on the inside of the lid.
Fitted with an English cross bar needle that pivots on an agate gemstone above an attractive frosted aluminium dial, the nickel plated case is in fine condition and free of any dents.
A super compass in good working order including the lid activated transit lock, the domed glass crystal is chip free, measures 45mm in diameter.
Dating to circa 1890, a fine antique compass by one of the more respected makers of the 19th century.

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Francis Barker M-73 prismatic compass formerly of Iraqi Republican Guard

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Considered to be the best hand held military compass in the world, this Francis Barker M-73 prismatic compass is cosmetically in mint condition with no paint loss, as can be seen from the photos and bears the Jayish, the symbol of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard.
The M-73 is still in use by many military forces around the world including NATO, and is made from brass/aluminium. This particular example is the liquid filled mils version with a precision sapphire bearing, and comes with its original Iraqi green leather case for protection in the field.
This is a professional compass and is perfect for anyone involved in outdoor pursuits who needs a precision compass.
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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Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass by T B Winter Newcastle

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This is a very elegant mid 19th century pocket compass circa 1860, set in a hinged mahogany block 65mm square. It has a shapely blued-steel needle engraved N & S in gold lettering, pivoting over a clean paper dial divided into degrees and also showing all the points of the compass. The needle is held by a detent which comes into play when the lid is closed.
The compass dial has the makers name 'T B Winter, Grey St, Newcastle', who is recorded as working between 1850-1875.
Fastened with an attractive 7 shaped brass clasp, this is a nice clean compass, with both crystal and dial in clean condition.
In full working order it finds North well, a classic Victorian compass with a traditional dial design.

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Vintage Hilger & Watts handle compass/clinometer with leather case

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This surveyor's compass clinometer by Hilger & Watts with its original stitched leather case, is in excellent condition.
A nice example it's engraved on the reverse 'HILGER & WATTS Ltd' the company formed by the amalgamation of well-known instrument makers E. R. Watts and Son, Ltd., and Adam Hilger, Ltd.
It has a black compass needle pivoting on a gemstone bearing above a decorative dial with 360 degree scale, and 16 intercardinal points.
It also incorporates a pendulous arm for measuring angle of slope in inches per yard.
Dating to the mid 20th century it measures 3" in diameter, and is in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by a knurled knob on the side.

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Late 19th century pocket compass with mother of pearl dial

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A rare pocket compass, with a classic black &white Singers patent design on a Mother of Pearl dial, housed in a full hunter case.
The dent free case is nickel plated on the inside and polished brass on the outside.
Although unsigned this is a quality piece dating to the latter part of the 19th century circa 1880, and in very good condition as can be seen from the photos.
The clean dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and is set under a slightly domed, undamaged bevelled crystal.
In good working order, with a functioning transit lock and strong hinge, this is an impressive compass, measuring 45mm diameter not including the bow.

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Victorian pocket compass circa 1850

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Early Victorian brass bodied pocket compass set in a blue velvet lined, Moroccan leather covered case. Direction is indicated by a very attractive blued steel needle, engraved N & S in gold for clarity, above a traditional paper compass rose, all set under a clean domed shape crystal.
Dating from around 1850, not only is this compass quite rare, but the cosmetic condition is very good, including the outer case which still has its original ornate brass clasp.
Measuring 52mm diameter including its leather covered case, the compass is in full working order, and although unsigned, a quality antique in excess of 160 years old.

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Holmes Broṣ trough compass in mahogany case- circa 1930's

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This trough compass is signed HOLMES BROṣ LONDON, and dates to the first half of the 20th century, probably late 1930's and also has a manual transit lock when the lid is slid in place.
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 or theodolite.
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.
In excellent condition and housed in a mahogany case, it measures 165mm x 39mm x 28mm, and weighs 296 grams.

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Francis Barker Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass & clinometer

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This unusual combined compass/clinometer is set in a very attractive mahogany case, with twin brass side fasteners.
The elegant blued steel needle impressed 'N' and 'S' in gold lettering pivots over a paper dial which has 16 cardinal and 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.
In working order, this compass is in very good condition as can be seen by the photos, and measures 62mm square and 17mm deep, a rare design for a wood cased pocket compass.

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MK V British Officers hunter cased pocket compass

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A nice example of a WW1 era British Army Officers MK V pocket watch compass with no makers name on the outer case but engraved on the inside of the base cover 'Made in England Dennison Watch Case Co'. (see photos)
There is also the serial number 119261 M stamped inside the lid.
Dennison was the most prolific maker of this style of compass during WW1, and would often supply compasses on a wholesale basis to other makers who were struggling to meet their quota, and this example may have been from stock that was never issued, until after the war when it would have been disposed of as Army surplus into the civilian market.
The hunter case is in very good condition and retains all its nickel plating both inside and out.
It has a bevelled glass crystal covering the distinctive Singers patent style black & white floating dial, which is mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
Although not dated, manufacture of the MK V compass design was discontinued in 1916, so we know that this compass predates 1917.
In full working order, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the bow.

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Rare Short and Mason MK V pocket compass dated 1910

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The majority of MK V pocket compasses were made during the WW1 period up to 1917 when they were superceded by the MK VI version.
This particular example is quite rare as not only does it date from 1910 with a very low serial number, but it also has the earlier card dial as opposed to the more common aluminium ones found in the majority.
Made by Short & Mason and engraved on the lid 'Short & Mason Ltd, London, V, 1910, 2077', it also has the military arrow, showing that it was issued into service.
The nickel plated hunter case is in very good condition with no plating loss and is free of any dents.
It has a bevelled glass crystal covering the distinctive Singers patent black & white floating dial, which is mounted on a jewelled brass bearing for reduced friction on the pivot point.
In full working order, with a strong hinge, it measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.

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Francis Barker & Son hunter cased pocket compass circa 1910

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A fine example of a vintage full hunter cased pocket watch style compass, with a gemstone pivot floating dial and a painted lubber line on the underside of the crystal.
Although there are no makers marks, the design is that of a MK VII which was the last of the hunter cased models first developed in WW1 for the Britiash Army and it dates from the period between the two world wars.
In very good condition, the nickel plated brass case is good with no dings or dents and all the plating is still intact.
Measuring 45mm in diameter, it's all in fine working order with an undamaged crystal, and incorporates an automatic transit lock when the lid is closed.
Unusually, it comes in a leather pouch with an impressed crest showing two crossed keys and the word 'ROMA' which apparently is the coat of arms of Vatican City, and the insignia of the papacy. I suspect this may have been a gift at some point to represent a 'moral compass' perhaps for someone of the Roman Catholic faith.

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  SOLD SC1266    
Late 19th century French gimbal mounted small boat compass

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Made in France toward the end of the 19th century, this is a signed gimbal mounted small boat compass, where the bowl and gimbal are of brass construction.
The dry card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and is signed on the underside 'F. LUNETEAU, Ingr Opticien, 40 Rue due Palais, LA ROCHELLE ' who were a family of French opticians.

Housed in its original dove tailed pine box, the distinctive dial card has French cardinal points where West is denoted by the letter ‘O’ which stands for Ouest, and the Pole star depicts North.
In very good condition, the only blemish is a small shell chip on the underside of the glass outer edge, its not too noticeable, but I mention it for accuracy.

Box dimensions are 6" square by 4.25" deep, and compass bowl diameter is just under 4".

In good working order, a nice decorative antique which displays very well.

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MDS combined compass & clinometer

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This is known as a Handle compass clinometer, and is in excellent condition, with its original leather case, which is also in very good condition.
A nice example it's engraved on the reverse ' M.D.S. Ltd, London' (MDS stands for Manufacturers & Distributors Syndicate Ltd who were founded in 1920 to deal with Government surplus) and were the retailers, but the maker is Francis Barker & Son who produced these on a wholesale basis for others to retail.
The black compass needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a decorative dial with 360 degree scale, and 16 intercardinal points. Also incorporates a pendulous arm for measuring angle of slope in centimetres per metre. Dating to the second half of the 20th century, it measures 3" in diameter, and in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by a knurled knob on the side.

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1917 Verner's Pattern MK VIII prismatic marching compass by F-L

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A WW1 Verner's pattern MKVIII military marching compass dated 1917, with what is probably its original leather case, also dated 1917.
Engraved F-L with serial no 80490, it also stamped with the British Army War department arrow on the underside of the compass body.
In good condition all round, with a jewelled bearing aluminium dial, the brass case has retained most of its non reflective coating, and there is an automatic 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 its leather case which is also in very good condition with all stitching intact.
The leather case is impressed French & Son, London, 1917, who was the maker of the case. In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Unsigned Francis Barker hunter cased pocket compass

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This is a fine example of a late 19th century small boat compass mounted on gimbals in a mahogany case with a sliding lid, in exceptional condition.
Usually these styles of compasses are quite large, but this particular example, is only 100mm square & 80mm in height, with the compass bowl being just 65mm in diameter, making it a very compact version and therefore much less common.
The compass floating card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing, and is set within a brass bowl which is free of any knocks or dents and retains all its original lacquer.
The wooden case is stamped on the top front edge'A H Baird Edinburgh' who was a 19th century Scottish maker best known for the manufacture of magic lanterns and other photographic equipment.

This is a robust little compass weighing under 500 grams and is in full working order with a clean dial and glass crystal.

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Gimbal mounted ship or boat compass  circa 1870

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An impressive 19th century gimbal mounted ship or boat compass, where the bowl and gimbal are of brass construction and housed in its original oak box with sliding lid.
The dry card dial pivots on a red gemstone bearing, has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points and there is a very distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North.
However, the dial card has German cardinal points where East is denoted by the letter ‘O’ which stands for Ost.
It’s likely the compass was made in England for the German market or made in Germany itself, but as there are no makers marks its impossible to be sure.
Box dimensions are 5.25" square by 4.75" deep, compass diameter is 3.25".
Circa 1870, not only is it in good working order, but also a nice decorative antique which displays very well.

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1930's prismatic artillery compass by Stanley London

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This is a large prismatic artillery compass, made by Stanley of London, probably during the 1930's. Its an impressive instrument measuring 110mm in diameter and incorporates a number of features not found on the more standard models, including two rotating red & blue sun filters on the prism, with an adjustable folding mirror on the back sight.
A precision item made to the highest quailty standard, it's in very good condition and comes with its original leather case which is also in excellent condition. It goes without saying that this is a genuine Stanley instrument, and not one of the many reproductions which regrettably are still catching out many unsuspecting buyers.
In good working order, the 360 degree silvered dial ring finds North consistently, and is protected by a separate push fit cover, there is also a transit lock activated by the folding of the sights.

A substantial compass, it weighs just over 700 grams, and 900 grams with its leather case.

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Early 20th century pocket compass by M Ash, Birmingham

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This is a mahogany cased pocket compass made in England by M. Ash of Birmingham, but clearly for export as the dial pattern is French, note the 'O' (Ouest) for West.
The inside of the lid is inpressed with the makers details: M. ASH, 4 BULL St, BIRMm. I believe this was possibly the optician Morris Ash who is recorded as working in Bull Street from around 1888, but from the compass design, I would date this compass to the early part of the 20th century.
It has an aluminium dial which is two tiered, having the cardinal points on the lower part, with the upper tier consisting of a 360 degree graduated scale for taking more accurate readings.
An antique compass in good clean condition as can be seen by the photos, with a blue tipped needle which pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction.
It measures 70mm square & 20mm deep, is fully functional with a lid activated transit lock.

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1916 British Officers hunter cased pocket compass by Short & Mason

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Wood cased compasses are for the most part unsigned, but this is a very nice Mariners style compass in a mahogany case which has a makers name reading ‘ Casella, London, Instrument maker to the Admiralty’ around the dial centre.
The maker is a Louis Paschel Casella who worked in Hatton Garden from 1844 and is a very collectable name, particularly as the firm is still operating today, albeit on a more hi-tech basis.
Also much larger than other block compasses of the period, it measures an impressive 5" square and 1.5" in thickness with the lid closed, the inner dial is just over 4" in diameter. (see last photo which has a 6"rule for scale)
The compass is of the floating card dial type with a gemstone pivot & probably dates to between 1860 & 1870.
In full working order, with a transit lock activated on lid closure and fastened by two brass catches, the cosmetic condition is also very good. A classic Victorian compass with a traditional design.

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WW2 Officers MK VI pocket compass by Francis Barker & Son, dated 1940

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This is a fine example of a WW2 full hunter cased British Army Officers pocket compass, engraved 'MK VI 1940, F Barker &Son (1932) Ltd, London, B 4474' on the lid and also has the War department military arrow, which shows it was issued to the field.
The nickel plated hunter case is in a clean undented condition, with a bevelled glass crystal covering the jewelled floating dial.
As can be seen from the photos, its in really good condition, and in full working order, with a strong hinge, including the transit lock. It measures 45mm diameter.

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J H Steward compass with clinometer

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This is a Handle compass clinometer, by J H Steward and is signed 'J. H. STEWARD Ltd, 406 & 457 Strand, London'. Dating to the early part of the 20th century, it's in very good condition and comes in its original leather case which is also in good order.
The black compass needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a decorative dial with 360 degree scale, and 16 intercardinal points. It also incorporates a pendulous arm for measuring rise & fall. Measures 70mm in diameter, and in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by a brass lever on the side.

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Early Victorian brass cased pocket compass with lid, circa 1840.

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This is a fine example of a WW2 era full hunter cased British Army Officers style pocket compass, engraved 'F Barker &Son (1932) Ltd, London, 1935, MK VI, No 4993' on the lid, but without any military arrow so was probably a private purchase or a peacetime model.
The nickel plated hunter case is in a clean bright condition, with a bevelled glass crystal covering the jewelled floating dial.
As can be seen from the photos, its in really good condition, and in full working order, with a strong hinge, including the transit lock. It measures 45mm diameter.

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Georgian brass pocket compass by James Parkes

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A very distinctive lacquered brass cased explorers pocket compass circa 1830.
Although there is no makers name, the dial has a masonic all seeing eye style logo with the words 'Trade Mark' directly under the North point., which I have since discovered was the trademark logo of James Parkes, Birmingham.
The company was established in 1815 and made a variety of mathematical instruments for the Great Exhibition of 1851, but magnetic compasses by this maker are comparatively rare, and their dial designs tend to be quite different to other makers of the period.
The attractive floating dial is in very good legible condition and housed under a clean glass crystal.
The brass case is also in good condition, still having most of its original lacquer, albeit with some tarnishing but no dents, and has its original push on protective brass lid.
In full working order, an early antique compass which measures 70mm diameter and 25mm deep.

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19th century gimbal mounted boxed ships compass

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A large late 19th century gimbal mounted ships compass of impressive proportions.
The floating dial pivots on a gemstone bearing, has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points with the outer edge marked in four 90 degree quadrants, and there is a distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North.
In excellent condition all round, the card dial is clean and the glass cover is free from any chips or cracks.
The compass is mounted in a oak box with separate lid, dimensions are 9" square by 5.5"" deep, and the compass bowl diameter is 6.5".
A visually stunning antique compass in good working order, which would look great in most surroundings.
This is a substantial instrument weighing nearly 3kgs unpacked, so unfortunately overseas shipping is not cheap!

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Tycos brass cased pocket compass with floating dial, by Short & Mason

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A nice example of an early 20th century brass cased pocket compass with a gemstone pivot floating dial under a clean crystal which has the four main cardinal points painted in red on the underside.
Made by Short & Mason around 1910, the dial has the name Tycos which was a brand name used for the American market in after they entered a partnership with Taylor Instruments, Rochester, New York.
Inn very good cosmetic condition, the brass case has a warm age patination, and is dent free.
Measuring 50mm diameter & 15mm deep, this is a robust yet attractive compass in good working order, finds North easily, and has a lid activated transit lock to minimise wear on the pivot.

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