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Unusually small 19th century Francis Barker green card prismatic compass

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This visually impressive anodised brass prismatic pocket compass with a separate push fit lid was 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.
It has a distinctive black and green floating card dial which pivots on a gemstone under a clean glass crystal. The brass case with a push fit lid is in good condition, having no dents or damage and is smaller than usual for these prismatic compasses.
The prism shows a clear image of the dial (see photo) as well as a rotating arm anti glare filter, and though a little tarnished, the sighting vane retains its original mirror.
In full working order including the transit lock and manual finger brake, despite its small size this is a quality instrument measuring just 45mm diameter and 22mm deep with the lid. In good cosmetic condition, it comes with a later snug fitting stitched leather case for added protection.
Combined, the compass and case together weigh just under 150 grams, and serves as a very rare miniature version of the much larger green card prismatics of the period. Please note there is some light scribing of hand drawn compass points inside the lid, see photo.

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£220
SC2672 Free £18
Mid 19th century Mariners small gimbaled boat compass in oak box

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This impressive mid 19th century Mariners small boat compass is gimbal mounted in its original jointed oak box, but has a later added sliding lid, and measures 6" square by 4¾" deep, with a compass bowl diameter of 4".
The traditional floating dry card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing with a distinctive fleur de lis denoting North, and interestingly a subtle logo around the East cardinal point, which may be an indication of a particular maker as this is unsigned.
In good condition all round, the dial is clean with a clear glass crystal and the brass bowl retains virtually all its original lacquer, although there is a minor hairline split in one area which does not affect the function and is only visible with the bowl upturned, see photo.
A substantial instrument weighing just over 1.2kg, not only in good working order, but also a nice decorative antique which displays very well.

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£160
SC2689 Free £25
WW1 Dennison MK V pocket compass with Singers Patent style dial dated 1916

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The majority of MK V British Army Officers pocket compasses were made during the WW1 period up to 1917, when they were superseded by the MK VI version.
This 1916 example is engraved 'Dennison Birmingham V 105452 1916' with the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued in to service.
The full hunter nickel case is in very good condition free of any dents, and the beveled glass crystal covers a Singers Patent style jewelled bearing dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In good working order, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem.

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£170
SC2681 Free £15
Late 19th century Singer's Patent gimbal mounted Mariners boat compass

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Dating to last quarter of the 19th century, this is a Mariners brass gimballed compass with a Singers patent floating dial.
Housed in a brass case, it measures 110mm in overall diameter, the bowl at 85mm and stands 65mm high including its separate brass lid.
The floating dial is of the distinctive singer's patent style black and white pattern, printed with the words 'SINGER'S PATENT' next to the South cardinal point, and has a lyre and star motif denoting North, all housed under a clean crystal.
Pivoting on a gemstone bearing and set within a lacquered brass bowl which is free of any knocks or dents, it retains much of its original finish.
A substantial instrument weighing just over 900 grams, it is in full working order, including the gimbal mechanism, this is a quite unique antique compass.

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£350
SC2674 Free £25
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, 113994, 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 iconic 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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£160
SC2680 Free £15
Antique 19th century brass cased explorers pocket 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 with an English cross bar needle, pivoting on a jewelled bearing above a traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
In good original uncleaned condition, the brass case is free of any dents as is the matching original lid, both for protecting the glass crystal and engaging the built in transit lock.
Measuring 60mm across the glass by 17mm deep and weighing 115 grams, it's in good working order and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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£135
SC2682 Free £18
Unsigned Francis Barker Victorian mahogany cased pocket compass, circa 1860

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An early Victorian pocket compass set in a mahogany case, with an attractive paper sunburst dial, divided into four 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 stylish blued steel needle, clearly impressed with ‘N’ & ‘S’ 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.
A classic 19th century antique, it measures 77mm square x 19mm deep, and the lid is fastened with two elegant 7 shaped brass clasps.

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£200
SC2653 Free £15
Edwardian hunter cased pocket compass with red cardinal points under crystal

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A stylish example of an Edwardian hunter cased pocket compass with an English cross bar needle pivoting over a decorative silvered 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 retains much of its original black finish and is dent free.
Measuring 52mm in diameter not including the bow and weighing 150 grams, this is a sturdy compass in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by lid closure.

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£190
SC2652 Free £18
Early 20th Century J H Steward Angle of Sight instrument in original case

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This Angle of Sight instrument is dual purpose in that it incorporates a prismatic compass, consisting of a silvered ring dial with a 360 degree scale, and a 1 to 1 clinometer scale visible in the vertical plane. These two functions are controlled by the brass button on the side which locks the compass when using the clinometer, and vice versa.
(A similar model appears in a 1919 Francis Barker catalogue, where its referred to as a ‘combined altitude instrument and prismatic compass’)
Constructed from bronzed brass, its engraved 'J. H STEWARD LTD 406 & 457, STRAND LONDON'.
In full working order, this type of instrument was often used by civil engineers and also artillery regiments in the British army for range calculations and targeting heavy guns.
In very good condition including its leather case, this is a substantial instrument, which weighs just under 450 grams including the case, and measures 70mm in diameter across the main body.

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£185
SC2676 Free £20
Antique brass cased pocket compass with mother of pearl dial. Circa 1900

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Although unsigned, this impressive late Victorian hunter cased pocket compass has an attractive mother of pearl black & white dial, similar in design to the Singers patent pattern, and pivoting on a gemstone bearing.
Dating to around 1900, it's housed in a brass case free from any dents with the main cardinal points painted in red on the underside of the crystal.
Measuring 55mm in diameter not including the bow and weighing just under 150 grams, the brass body is also in good original condition with no dents.
A sturdy compass in full working order, there is also a transit lock activated by lid closure to secure the dial when not in use.

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£190
SC2646 Free £18
Prismatic inches per yard clinometer in fitted leather case

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This early 20th century prismatic clinometer consists of a yellow card dial measuring inches per yard, with folding sight vane and designed to be viewed in the vertical plane.
Although unsigned, it's a quality instrument in very good condition with the body retaining almost all of its original black finish, and comes in its fitted leather case which is also in good condition, with all stitching intact.
In full working order, this type of instrument was often used by civil engineers and also artillery regiments in the British army for range calculations and targeting heavy guns.
A well made instrument, it weighs 270 grams including the case and measures 72mm in diameter across the main body.

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£145
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Mariners small brass gimbal mounted compass circa 1840

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Dating to the first half of the 19th century circa 1840, this is a Mariners brass gimballed pocket compass.
Housed in a brass case with a separate brass lid, it measures 75mm in overall diameter, and stands 45mm high.
In good condition, with a distinctive black and white sunburst dial, the compass card pivots on a gemstone bearing and sits in a 60mm diameter lacquered brass bowl.
Although unsigned this is clearly a quality instrument weighing just over 400 grams, and probably made by one of the more prominent makers of the day.
In working order and in original uncleaned condition, quite a rare antique compass.

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£270
SC2608 Free £20
Victorian brass cased travellers pocket compass circa 1880

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This is an elegant Victorian brass cased travellers compass with a very clean traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean crystal.
The shapely blued steel needle has N & S engraved in gold lettering for clarity, and pivots on a brass bearing.
Although missing its lid, this is a fine antique compass dating to the latter part of the 19th century, it has the classic compass rose design with a distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North.
In good working order, and measuring 55mm diameter by 11mm deep, it weighs just under 60 grams, and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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£90
SC2684 Free £15
Antique mahogany cased needle pocket 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 on a gemstone bearing above the silvered dial with an upper 360 degree chapter ring under a clean, chip free glass crystal.
Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, like many wood cased compasses of the period it is unsigned, but it is a quality piece so likely to have been made by one of the major makers of the time, probably Francis Barker.
In working order with a lid activated transit lock, this compass is in very good condition as can be seen by the photos.
A less common design for wood cased pocket compass, it weighs 160 grams and measures 80mm square by 21mm deep.

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£180
SC2594 Free £18
19th century French pocket compass signed BARABAN, DUPRESSOIR SUCCr, PARIS

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This French 19th century mahogany cased compass is signed 'BARABAN, DUPRESSOIR SUCCr, 175 RUE St HONORE, PARIS' on the dial.
It has a steel needle which pivots on a gemstone bearing and a folding sight arm which is used in conjunction with the mirror in the lid.
There's also a centimeter rule on the outside edge of the base and a functioning transit lock activated by lid closure.
In very good condition and fully working, it measures 80mm square by 25mm deep.

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Pocket compass given as Newquay Sailing Club Team Race prize 1956

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Newquay Sailing Club was founded in 1954 and this hunter cased pocket compass appears to have been given as prize for the team race competition in 1956, so quite early in the clubs history.
Engraved "N.S.C. Newquay Cup Team Race 1956"on the underside, the compass itself was probably made by Francis Barker and is the MK VII version which was the last model of the pocket watch style designs that were developed during WW1 for British Army Officers.
Set in a nickel plated case with a gemstone pivot floating dial, it's in good dent free condition and fully working.
Measuring 45mm in diameter, this is not only a collectable compass in its own right, but with the added interest for anyone associated with Newquay Sailing Club which is still active today.

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Mid 19th century prismatic sighting compass in leather case

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Although unsigned this mid 19th century brass prismatic sighting compass was likely made by Elliott Brothers.
A sliding hinged mirror is attached to the sight vanes for taking readings of forward and reverse reference points simultaneously and can flip 90 degrees in either direction along the vane on the users preference. Attached to the viewfinder are also fold-away red and green filters to mask glare when facing the sun.
The fitted lid inverted attaches to the compass base to double as a raised stand for taking bearings.
In full working order including the transit lock which is activated by the folding sight vane, the cosmetic condition is good with no dings or dents, and a clean crystal under which the floating green card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing.
A quality antique instrument measuring 72mm in diameter it comes in its original leather case which is also in good sound condition and there is a pen mark of '6B' on one side.
The compass and case combined weigh just under 450 grams.

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SC2696    
Early 1800's mahogany cased Regency style pocket compass

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Dating to the early 1800's and complimented by the small triangular hand made hinges, this mahogany cased pocket compass has a distinctive Regency starburst floating dial, divided into four 90 degree quadrants with a fleur de lys for North, and pivots on a brass cap bearing under a clear crystal.
Although unsigned, it's an elegant compass in very good condition, and in full working order, with a transit lock activated by lid closure.
Measuring 65mm square by 23mm deep and weighing just 65 grams, a nice clean example of an early 19th century antique compass, which interestingly has some old hand written text on the underside of the card dial.

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Rare Dollond 'Prospecting Compass' with Barker patent no 12777.

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Described as the 'PROSPECTING COMPASS' in the Francis Barker catalogues of the early 20th century, this example although carrying the 1906 Barker patent number 12777, is engraved DOLLOND LONDON' on the underside, suggesting it may have been made by Dollond under license, or rebranded for them by Barker.
The brass snap hunter case houses a flat bar needle, which freely pivots on an agate bearing inside a raised 360 degree graduated ring.
Advertised as suitable for Prospectors and others, it has a hinged lid which incorporates a domed magnifying glass, and was used by prospectors for close inspection of precious metals, as well as a burning glass when looking to start a fire without flint.
In good working order with a strong hinge and manual transit lock, the compass body retains much of its original black finish and comes in a push button leather case with all stitching intact.
Weighing just under 120 grams in its case and measuring 46mm in diameter by 18mm deep, this is a rare antique compass of an unusual design.

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SC2659 19th century Mariners gimbal compass mounted in mahogany case

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This is a fine example of a mid 19th century mariners compass mounted on gimbals in a mahogany case with a sliding bevelled lid.
Usually these types of compass are quite large, but this particular example, is only 4" (100mm) square and 3¼" (84mm) in height, with the compass bowl being just 65mm in diameter, making it a more compact and relatively uncommon compass.
The compass floating card dial has 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points with a distinctive Fleur de lis crest denoting North and pivots on a gemstone bearing, set within a lacquered brass compass bowl that has some age tarnishing, but no knocks or dents.
The mahogany case has early dovetail joints and is in good condition, although it has had a small section of the right hand top outer edge replaced in the past.
Dating to circa 1850, this is a robust little compass weighing just 382 grams and is in good working order with a clean dial and glass crystal.

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SC2659    
Late 19th century prismatic sighting compass in case by Stanley, London

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This bronzed brass green card prismatic sighting compass is signed 'STANLEY. G TURNSTILE, HOLBORN, LONDON'.
William Ford Stanley was a British engineer and inventor who made significant contributions to the development of electric lighting and power distribution systems in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This would have been a precision instrument of high quality in its time, and likely used for surveying by both military and civilian personnel. The address on the dial would date the compass to the latter part of the 19th century, as Stanley operated out of this location from that time.
In very good cosmetic condition, the floating green card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean crystal, and comes in its original leather case, which has seen some extensive repairs but is still robust.
A quality antique instrument measuring 70mm in diameter with the compass and case together weighing just under 320 grams.
A genuine Stanley antique compass not to be confused with the many repros sadly carrying that name!

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Francis Barker M-73 prismatic compass, Mils version with case

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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.
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 a stitched leather case and shoulder strap for protection in the field.
A civilian purchase numbered 23120, it clearly has had very little use and is in good working order with no bubbles in the liquid, although due to its age the tritium lights are no longer active.
You really can't get a more accurate compass, and this is perfect for anyone involved in outdoor pursuits who needs a precision compass.
Weighing just 320 grams in its case, used models are rarely available in such good condition.

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SC2671    
Mid 20th century Francis Barker bridge compass with clinometer

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Dating to the post WW2 period, this unsigned bridge compass with clinometer was made by Francis Barker & Son who produced these on a wholesale basis for others to retail.
Mainly used by surveyors, it also incorporates a pendulous arm for measuring rise and fall on an inches per yard scale and the black compass needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a decorative dial with a 360 degree scale.
Measuring 75mm in diameter, the compass is in full working order including the transit lock which is activated by a brass knob on the side, and comes in its original brown leather case which is also in very good condition.

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SC2666    
Victorian brass cased travellers pocket compass circa 1860

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This is an elegant Victorian brass cased travellers pocket compass with a classic compass rose design, showing cardinal and inter cardinal points, and a distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North.
Direction is indicated by a stylish blued steel needle engraved N & S in gold lettering for clarity, which pivots on a brass capped bearing under a clean undamaged crystal.
The brass case is in good original condition with its separate push fit brass lid, both for protecting the glass crystal and engaging the built in transit lock.
A fine antique compass dating to the mid 19th century, in full working order and measuring 60mm diameter by 15mm deep including the lid, it weighs 100 grams and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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SC2639    
1860's Singers Patent pocket compass serial no 23606 with MOP dial

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This distinctive pocket compass has the classic black & white Singers patent design on a mother of pearl dial and carries a serial number 23606, showing it was made sometime between 1861 and before 1868 when Samuel Berry Singer's patent lapsed.
Floating on a gemstone pivot in a nickel case and housed under a bevelled glass crystal, it measures 44mm diameter overall, and 12 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, it comes in its original burgundy velvet lined, leather covered outer case.

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J Hicks 19th century prismatic sighting compass in case

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James Joseph Hicks worked in London from 1861, making and selling a wide variety of instruments, becoming one of the most prolific makers in the country during the 19th century.
This brass cased green card dial prismatic compass reads 'J. HICKS. 8. HATTON GARDEN. LONDON' and is in good cosmetic condition with a clean crystal under which the dial pivots on a gemstone bearing.
The compass retains most of its finish, aside from a small area on the side of the frame, and measures 70mm diameter and comes with a leather case, which is in good condition
Dating to the late Victorian period, it's in good working order including the transit lock activated by the folding sight vane.
The compass and case together weigh just under 250 grams.

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Schmalcalder type prismatic compass by Troughton & Simms with Geological Survey Scotland logo

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This mid 19th century brass green card prismatic sighting compass is signed 'TROUGHTON & SIMMS, LONDON' and the design is based on the Schmalcalders patent which expired in 1826.
This particular example was previously owned by a member of the the Geological Survey of Scotland which was formed in 1869 and has their logo 'G.S' with a crown symbol engraved on the lid.
A partnership formed by William Simms and Edward Troughton in 1826, their instruments were highly regarded for accuracy and reliability, and were later appointed instrument makers to the Board of Ordnance, London.
In full working order including the transit lock activated by a side lever, and a brass swivel dust cover protecting the prism when not in use, it also has a finger brake to settle the dial quickly.
When closed the sight vane folds flat under the fitted lid, and also doubles as a stand when attached to the base.
In good cosmetic condition, the floating green card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean crystal, and comes in its original leather case with carry strap, which is also in good condition with unbroken stitching.
A quality antique instrument measuring 70mm in diameter, and with its case weighs just over 400 grams.

This compass comes from part of a small group of scientific instruments purchased together from a collection that belonged to a member of the Geological Survey of Scotland. 
See also items SC2643 And SC2624

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Small Victorian brass cased pocket compass circa 1880.

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A small Victorian compass dating to the mid 19th century, it has the classic compass rose design with a Fleur de Lis crest denoting North, and its original brass push fit lid.
Although unsigned this compass is a piece of some quality and has 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.
In full working order and in very good condition this diminutive but elegant antique compass, measures just 17mm diameter and 10mm deep including the lid.

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Georgian period travellers mahogany cased pocket compass, R. Finlay

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Dating to circa 1820, this impressive Georgian traveller's compass is set in a hinged mahogany case measuring 90mm square.
Complimented by the small hand made brass hinges and fastened with a pair of 7 shaped brass clasps, the paper compass rose divides into four 90 degree quadrants showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North, and is in very clean condition for a 200 year old compass.
The elegant blued steel needle is also engraved with 'N' & 'S' letters and sits under a clean glass crystal.
In good working order, the needle is locked in position for transit by a brass pin which comes into play when the lid is closed.
A genuine antique compass with a traditional design, it has the name of a former owner 'R. FINLAY' engraved on one edge of the lid.

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1914 Henry Hughes WW1 British Army Verners MK VII pocket compass with case

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This is a WW1 Verner's pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass dated 1914 with leather case. Engraved on the underside is 'H. HUGHES & SON Ltd, No 11033, 1914' 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 manual transit lock.
The brass case is dent free retaining its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, the leather case is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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19th Century Hicks compass & Watkins clinometer combination set

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A fine example of a prismatic compass and Watkin's clinometer combination, made by James Joseph Hicks in the second half of the 19th century, the clinometer can be detached from its bayonet fixings for independent use.
Housed in a fitted leather case stamped H.C. and impressed with what appears to be a fluer de lis, both compass and clinometer are engraved W. J Johnston, who may be William John Johnston, a professor of mathematics at Aberystwyth University in the 1880's.
Weighing just over 400 grams in the case, both compass and clinometer are in very good condition and fully functional.

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Mid-19th century circular mahogany pocket compass by W & F Newton, Fleet St.

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This elegant circular mahogany compass dates to the mid 19th century, and the dial reads 'W. & F. NEWTON. 3 FLEET ST LONDON', which refers to cousins William and Frederick Newton, who formed the partnership of W & F Newton in 1851.
William left the business in 1856 which was subsequently renamed Newton & Co, the company lasting into the 1950s before being acquired by the Victor Corporation and later G.E.C.
The blued steel needle pivots on a brass capped bearing over a paper dial which is divided into four 90 degree quadrants with 16 cardinal and inter-cardinal points, housed under a clear glass crystal.
The mahogany lid is fasted with a 7 shaped brass clasp and engages a transit lock when closed.
In good working order, and measuring 55mm in diameter by 18mm in depth, it weighs just over 30 grams and is in excellent condition all round for an instrument over 160 years old.

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Original Brunton compass, International Model, in Brunton branded leather case

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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 particular example is the 'International Model by The Brunton Company, Riverton, Wyoming' and comes with it's original Brunton branded leather case.
In very good condition and fully working, it measures between 70mm -75mm in width and 28mm in height.
Weighs just under 200 grams without it's case and 270 grams with.

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Victorian brass cased travellers pocket compass, circa 1860

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This is an elegant Victorian brass cased travellers compass with a very clean traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean crystal.
The stylish blued steel needle has N & S engraved in gold lettering for clarity, and the brass case is in good original condition.
A fine antique compass dating to the mid 19th century, it has the classic compass rose design with a distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North.
In full working order, measuring 55mm diameter by 10mm deep, it weighs just over 70 grams, and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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Mid Victorian pocket compass signed Chadburn & Son Liverpool

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The Chadburn family has a long history in the manufacture of scientific instruments during the 19th century and this example of a mid Victorian pocket compass is signed 'CHADBURN & SON, LIVERPOOL' being Charles Henry and his son William, who worked in Liverpool between 1857 to 1875.
Set in a hinged mahogany block 65mm square with a shapely blued-steel needle engraved N & S in faded gold lettering, it has a paper dial divided into four 90 degree quadrants.
The needle is held by a transit lock which comes into play when the lid is closed and is fastened with an attractive 7 shaped brass clasp.
Interestingly, on the inside lid is hand scribed "Needle points 17° ? W of N", I think this may indicate the magnetic declination of that time, which according to historical declination charts puts the inscription around 1890.
In good working order, an antique compass with a traditional design.

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Victorian compass & clinometer with Geological Survey Scotland logo, in fitted case.

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Signed 'STANLEY LONDON' this is a rare example of a distinctive pocket compass and clinometer, from the late Victorian period.
Previously owned by a member of the the Geological Survey of Scotland which was formed in 1869, it has their logo 'G.S' with a crown symbol engraved on the reverse.
North is indicated by an English cross bar needle with a gemstone bearing, above a decorative silvered dial divided into four 90 degree quadrants.
It also incorporates a pendulous arm for measuring rise & fall, all housed under a clean glass crystal.
In very good condition, the brass body is free of any dings or dents with some light tarnishing on the underside.
It also comes with its original fitted leather case which is in very good condition and snaps shut firmly.
In good working order, including a push button transit lock, it weighs just over 100 grams in its case, which measures 65mm x 60mm x 25mm.

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WW1 Dennison MK VI British Army Officers pocket compass dated 1917

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An iconic WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved 'Dennison Birmingham VI 56704 1917' with the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued in to service.
Housed in a full hunter nickel case, the beveled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In excellent cosmetic condition and fully working, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem.
A fine example from the most prolific maker of this style of compass

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Rare prismatic compass with Singers Patent green card dial

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Pocket compasses with the distinctive Singer's Patent dial are not that uncommon, but very rarely hand drawn on a green card dial.
This type of compass was a development of Schmalcalder's Patent compass of 1812 which introduced the idea of using an optical prism, combined with a sighting vane, to improve accuracy when taking bearings.
The British Army used this type of compass from the last quarter of the 19th century, and this particular example comes with its leather case bearing the name of a later owner and the letters 9th K.S.L.I, referring to the 9th battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.
In good working order, the brass case with a push fit lid is in very good condition with no dents or damage and measures 50mm in diameter, which is smaller than usual for these prismatic compasses.
Dating to the late 19th century, the compass itself has no makers marks, but it is identical to similar ones produced by Francis Barker & Son, so very likely made by them.

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1916 Cruchon & Emons WW1 British Army Verners MK VII pocket compass with case

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This is a WW1 Verner's pattern MK VII prismatic marching compass dated 1916 with leather case. Engraved on the underside is CRUCHON & EMONS, LONDON, No 50003, 1916' 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 manual transit lock.
The brass case is dent free retaining its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, the leather case is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

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Francis Barker pocket compass with RGS pattern dial and leather strap

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This compass has the Royal Geographical Society pattern dial which was designed by Francis Barker, and dates from the latter part of the 19th century.
Although there are no maker's marks, this compass design appeared in many Barker catalogues, from the late 19th century until the 1920s.
In very good condition, it retains all of its original black finish and is in full working order, including the transit lock. Measuring 46mm in diameter, it also comes with a leather strap from around the same period.

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19th century explorers pocket compass by Spencer Browning & Co c1850

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Dating to the mid 19th century, this English brass cased explorers style compass is marked to the centre of the distinctive floating dial “Spencer & Co, 111 Minories, London.”
Made by Spencer Browning & Co who were a continuation of the firm Spencer Browning & Rust on the death of Ebeneezer Rust, they were recorded as working at the Minories address from 1840 to 1873.
In good original condition, the case is free of any dents and the card dial has only minor scuffing around the makers name.
Housed in a dent free brass case with its original push fit lid, it's in full working order and measures 65mm diameter by 25mm deep.
An impressive and relatively rare antique compass by a renowned maker of the 19th century, this is one for the collector.

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Early Georgian hand drawn coloured dial mahogany pocket compass

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A rare mahogany cased pocket compass with a very decorative hand drawn coloured dial.
It measures 65mm x 62mm x 22mm deep and in remarkably good condition for a piece which is well over 200 years old.
In good working order, the retaining ring has a small piece of brass inserted so may be a later replacement.
Interestingly, the lid has a previous owners name along with some other illegible text written inside.

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Late 19th century Francis Barker mahogany desk top compass.

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This is an unusual circular desk top compass measuring 6 ½" (165mm) in diameter, and identical to those made by Francis Barker & Son, although in this instance does not carry the Trade Mark London logo,which suggests it was made on a wholesale basis for onward retail.
The attractive paper dial is in clean condition and is set under a jewelled steel needle measuring 4½" (115mm) in length, the glass crystal is also in good condition.
Weighing 260 grams and dating to around 1890, this mahogany cased compass was probably intended for use as an interesting desk ornament, a purpose it would still fulfill today.
In full working order, it finds North well and takes a little time to settle, a quite splendid Victorian compass with rare novelty value.

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Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass circa 1820

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This is a very elegant early 19th century pocket compass circa 1820, set in a hinged mahogany block.
It has a shapely blued steel needle pivoting over a clean starburst paper dial divided into four quadrants of 90 degrees, and also showing all the points of the compass.
The lid has small hand made triangular hinges, and is fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp.
Measuring just over 50mm square and weighing just over 30 grams, this is a classic Georgian compass, in good working order including the transit lock, it comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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Victorian brass cased explorers style pocket  compass by Francis Barker & Son

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This visually impressive brass cased explorer’s style pocket compass with a separate push fit lid was 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.
Measuring 70mm diameter and 20mm deep, the inverted S in the logo indicates the compass was made after Francis Barkers death in 1875.
The English cross bar directional needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a traditional sunburst dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points under a clean undamaged crystal.
A quality antique compass by the most renowned of all compass makers, and in full working order, including a lid activated transit lock.

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J M Glauser WW2 era MK II plane table or trough compass

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This brass trough compass was made by J M Glauser for use by the British Military during the WW2 era, and is engraved 'J.M.G & SONS Ltd' 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 a gemstone bearing at its centre for reduced friction.
In good condition, it's housed in mahogany case with a sliding lid that activates a transit lock for when the instrument is not in use.
Measuring 165mm x 38mm x 25mm, it weighs just under 300 grams and is in good working order, although the glass is a later replacement.

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E. R. Watts 1910 Verner's Pattern MK VI military marching compass.

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This is a rare example of a WW1 era Verner's Pattern MK VI prismatic marching compass which was superseded by the more common MK VII shortly after the start of WW1.
It's dated 1910 and signed 'E.R. WATTS & SON, LONDON. 1910, No 163' on the underside and 'VERNER'S PATTERN VI' on the lid.
The MK VI is much less common and unusual to find in such good condition, particularly with its centre paper label completely intact, as well as retaining its original lubber line on the glass.
In good working order, it comes with a WW1 Webley lanyard and has the mother of pearl dial for low light readings.
Not only a sought after compass for a collector, it's still practical today for hill walking and similar pursuits, and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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Negretti & Zambra Brunton mining compass

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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 early 20th Century model was made by Negretti & Zambra, London and was retailed to appeal to surveyors mainly for use in mining operations.
In excellent condition and fully working, it retains practically all of its black coating, with a clean dial and an intact sight line on the mirror.
Measuring between 70mm by 80mm in width and 28mm high, it weighs just under 300 grams.
Brunton compasses are still made today, but this is a relatively rare example by one of the most renowned makers of the time.

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WW1 Short & Mason MK V Military Officers compass dated 1914

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The majority of MK V pocket compasses were made during the WW1 period up to 1917 when they were superseded by the MK VI version.
This 1914 example by Short & Mason is engraved on the lid 'Short & Mason Ltd, London, 1914, V, 11774', it also has the military arrow, showing that it was issued into service.
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.
Housed in a full hunter nickel case, it's in full working order, with a strong hinge and measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.

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Chas Owen compass owned by Brigadier General Wallscourt Hely Hutchinson Waters.

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Made toward the latter part of the 19th century, this brass cased green card dial prismatic compass with folding sight vane is inscribed "Chas Owen Optician 46 & 48 City Rd EC" and "W. H. H. Waters" on the reverse.
Belonging to noted author, soldier and diplomat Brigadier General Wallscourt Hely Hutchinson Waters, R.A. C.V.O (Royal Artillery Commander of Victorian Order) born in 1855, he became Captain of 13th Battery Royal Field Artillery based out of Suffolk in 1891, and was later appointed as military attaché in 1893 at the British Embassy in Russia for the next five years.
After duty in South Africa, he was sent in 1904 as the War Office representative with the Russian army in Manchuria traveling extensively across Russia. His final visit before the October Revolution came in October 1916, when he had an audience with Tsar Nikolai II Alexandrovich Romanov at his headquarters in Mogilev.
He was also a personal friend and admirer of the final German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II, having become acquainted in the early 1900s after he wrote favourabley of Wilhelm in his memoirs. (A Collection of books inscribed to Brigadier Wallscourt Hely-Hutchinson Waters, by Kaiser Wilhelm II were sold at auction in 2018) see photo of one example.
Waters would go on to release notable publications including 'The War in South Africa', 'Secret and confidential : the experiences of a military attaché', and 'Russia Then & Now'.
The compass itself is in good cosmetic condition with a clean crystal under which the dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and a transit lock. Measuring 70mm diameter, it 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.
The leather case is impressed with initials "W.H.H.W." and written in ink "W.J."
In good working order, the compass and case together weigh just under 300 grams.

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Early 20th century Francis Barker combined compass / clinometer

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This is an early 20th century example of a Handle compass clinometer, also known as a bridge compass, made by Francis Barker.
In very good condition  the brass body retaining much of its original lacquer finish, it  also comes with its original leather case.
In good working order, the cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above a paper dial which has the F Barker and Son logo within the trademark London triangle, just under the North cardinal point.

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WW1 era Dennison cased MK VI pocket compass

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Although dating to the WW1 period, this Dennison MK VI pocket compass was never issued to the military and made on a wholesale basis for other makers to rebrand on the lid, hence the lack of any markings on the lid.
However, it is the same Dennison compass that would have been issued to the military, having the matching serial numbers on the lid and base, and stamped 'DENNISON WATCH CASE CO LTD' inside the base cover.
Measuring 45mm in diameter, it's in good working order and in clean condition as can be seen from the attached photos, with no dents or chipping on the glass.

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Victorian brass cased travellers compass circa 1860

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This is an elegant Victorian brass cased travellers compass with a very clean traditional dial, denoting 16 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean crystal.
The stylish blued steel needle has N & S engraved in gold lettering for clarity, and the brass case is in good condition with no dents.
A fine antique compass dating to the mid 19th century, it has the classic compass rose design with a distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North and its original brass push fit lid activates a transit lock when in place.
In full working order, measuring 45mm diameter by 12mm deep, it weighs just over 50 grams, and comes with a modern velvet drawstring pouch for added protection.

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Henry Hughes & Son early Edwardian mahogany desk top compass

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This is an impressive example of a desktop mahogany compass, signed "H. Hughes & Son Ltd London. E.C." on the dial.
Founded in 1828, Henry Hughes was a prolific and highly respected instrument maker, later joined by his son Alexander Hughes in the late 19th century until the firm was incorporated as Henry Hughes and Son Ltd in 1903.
The black and white sunburst compass dial is in good, clean condition, has 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points with a full 360 degree scale, the black and steel needle pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean glass crystal.
Measuring 8"by 8" by 1½" (206mm x 206mm x 39mm), it is a substantial compass, in very good condition, with only some light scratches on the the lid which fastens shut with two brass clasps.
In full working order finding North easily and weighing just under 900 grams, this is a quality antique compass from a prestigious maker.

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Late 19th century hunter cased pocket compass signed ROSS LONDON

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A late 19th century hunter cased pocket compass stamped ROSS LONDON on the lid, and measuring 45mm in diameter
In very good condition, direction is indicated by an English cross bar needle with a gemstone pivot bearing above a decorative silvered dial, all housed under a clean glass crystal.
A sturdy compass in full working order, the brass case is free of any dents and activates a transit lock when the lid is closed.

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19th century French Equinoctial compass sundial in mahogany case

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Dating to the second half of the 19th century, this French equinoctial compass sundial is housed in a polished mahogany case measuring 95mm square.
The blued steel needle pivots on a gemstone bearing over a polished aluminium dial with a 360 degree stepped chapter ring, under a clean crystal held in place by a brass retaining plate.
Above the glass sits the folding latitude arc with divisions from zero to 70 degrees and a sundial gnomen for noting the hours.
Weighing just under 220 grams and in good working order, the case lid is fastened with two shapely brass clasps which also activates the needle transit lock.

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Mid 19th century surveyors compass signed J Gargory Fecit.

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This large surveying compass was made around the middle of the 19th century by James Gargory, an optician and instrument maker who operated out of Birmingham and Wolverhampton between 1830 to 1875, and died in 1881.
The attractive silvered dial is signed "J. Gargory Fecit. 41 Bull St, Birm'n"and has a stepped outer chapter ring with a 0-360 degrees scale in one degree increments.
He is recorded as working at the 41 Bull St address between 1850 to 1856.
A substantial compass weighing just under 800 grams and measuring 5 ½ (135mm) square, it's visually very impressive, despite the fact that it's had noticeable repair work on the lid and hinge (see photos).
In good working order including the transit lock, the lid is designed to lift off and it also comes with a removable tripod adapter.

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Mid 19th century pocket compass signed Dancer Manchester

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This early Victorian brass cased pocket compass is inscribed "DANCER MANCHESTER" on the dial.
Made by the celebrated Manchester optician John Benjamin Dancer, son of Josiah Dancer whose business he inherited in 1835, Dancer was a scientific instrument maker who lived from 1812 to 1887 and was renowned for his many contributions to the field of optics, barometers and microscopy.
Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1855, he was later appointed Optician to HRH the Prince of Wales.
In good condition, the English cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction, above an aluminium dial divided into four 90 degree quadrants, protected by a clean glass crystal.
Measuring 50mm in diameter, the compass is in working order including the transit lock, activated by lid closure.
Pocket compasses by Dancer are relatively rare given his main interests were in other fields, and examples like this do not come along too often.

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Mid 19th century gimbal mounted Mariners compass in mahogany case

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An impressive gimbal mounted mariners compass dating to the mid 19th century.
The floating dial pivots on a gemstone bearing, with the outer scale marked in four 90 degree quadrants, and a fleur de lis denoting North.
In generally good condition all round, there is some minor damage on the very outer edge of the card dial at the South position (see photo).
The compass is mounted in a dovetail jointed mahogany box with a later mahogany lid, dimensions are 5¾" square by 4" high, and the lacquered brass bowl diameter is just under 3¾".
In good working order, this fine decorative antique weighs just under 950 grams.

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