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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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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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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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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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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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Angle of Sight instrument by Cooke Troughton & Simms

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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 centimetres par metre clinometer, 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’)
Retaining virtually all of its original black finish, it’s engraved 'COOKE TROUGHTON & SIMMS'.
In full working order, this type of instrument was often used by artillery regiments in the British army for range calculations and targeting heavy guns, and also by civil engineers.
In very good condition including its leather case, this is a precision instrument, which weighs 240 grams, and measures 70mm in diameter across the main body.

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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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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 (see photo) 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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Late 19th century green card compass by Dollond London

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This is a Victorian explorers green card prismatic compass engraved 'Dollond London' on the underside. The large upright sight vane locks the compass card for transit, and the front prismatic viewer has a brass swivel dust cover. In very good condition, it's made of black lacquered brass, with a separate push on lid for protecting the glass crystal, and the floating card pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction. Dates to the latter part of the 19th century, an elegant compass by a quality London maker, it measures 70mm in diameter and 25mm in depth.

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Victorian pocket compass by Negretti & Zambra London

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A distinctive late Victorian brass cased pocket compass dating to around 1890, made by the renowned firm of Negretti & Zambra. The frosted aluminium compass dial has 8 cardinal points and an outer scale calibrated in 2 degree increments up to 360 degrees and reads 'Negretti & Zambra, London'.
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 good original condition with no dents and has its brass lid for protecting the glass crystal and engaging the built in transit lock.
In full working order, the dimensions are 60mm diameter and 15mm deep. A quite unique and robust compass by a very collectable maker.

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Victorian brass cased pocket compass by Francis Barker & Son

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An English hunter cased polished brass pocket compass signed 'Aitchison & Co, Opticians to H.M. Govt. London & Provinces' on the dial. Although made in the first quarter of the 20th century, it was probably made for private use rather than military. Fitted with a jewelled English bar needle above an attractive dial, this compass is one of very few made by the company who merged with the more famous Dollond company in 1923, to become the well known Dollond & Aitchison Opticians who are still very much in business today.
In full working order, including the lid activated transit lock, there are some very shallow dings on the lid, but none of which detract from what is quite a rare example by a fine maker. The compass case measures 45mm in diameter.

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Pocket compass with separate lid

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This is a handsome pocket compass with integral folding sight vanes signed 'S. Brush & Co Melbourne' on the dial. It's likely this was the retailer, and the compass was probably made in England for export to Australia.
Of bronzed brass construction , it probably dates to the early part of the 20th century and is in very good condition, particularly inside once the separate cover is removed.
The compass has an English cross bar needle, incorporating a jewelled pivot, set over an aluminium 2 tier dial with a 360 degree upper scale.
All in fine working order, including a transit lock activated when the front sight vane is folded, it measures 60mm diameter and 20mm in depth, a really quite unique style of compass.

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Early 19th century mahogany cased pocket compass

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A rare Regency period mahogany cased Mariners compass measuring just over 60mm square. The attractive paper compass dial card is of a very early design and in surprisingly clean condition. Dating to between 1800 - 1820 and complimented by the small triangular hand made hinges, a clean compass which is probably approaching 200 years old. In good condition and in full working order, including the original transit lock, a nice example of a very early antique compass.

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British Army Officers hunter cased pocket compass dated 1917

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An iconic WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI, 49796, 1917, and with the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued in to service.
The full hunter case is in good condition retaining all its original nickel plating, and the clean undamaged bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original dial markings intact.
In full working order, with a nice strong hinge and a working transit lock, it measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.
A fine example in above average condition, from the most renowned maker of this style of compass.

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Victorian brass pocket compass circa 1875

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A very distinctive brass cased Victorian pocket compass, made by the renowned makers William Watson & Son. The traditional compass rose dial has the words 'Watson & Son, 313 High Holborn London' in a circular logo around the centre, and direction is indicated by an English cross bar needle with a gemstone pivot bearing. All housed under a clean glass crystal, the card dial is in good condition with only one or two minor age spots, it dates to between 1873 to 1881, the period that Watson & Son worked at the Holborn address.
The hunter case is also in good condition with no dents and activates a transit lock when the lid is closed. In full working order, an elegant yet robust compass measuring 45mm diameter and 14mm deep.

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Victorian brass cased pocket compass by Short & Mason London

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A late 19th century brass cased explorers compass printed 'Made in England' on the dial around the pivot. On the underside of the brass case is a very small logo which reads London with an intertwined capital S and M which is a trade mark of the well known compass & instrument makers SHORT & MASON.
Set in a polished brass case with its original brass push fit lid, the aluminium dial is in good clean condition, and direction is indicated by an English cross bar needle which locks for transit when the lid is in place, thereby reducing wear on the jewelled pivot.
Dating to around 1890 this is a fully working antique compass meauring 60mm in diameter, in super condition.

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Verner's Pattern MK VII design prismatic marching compass circa 1917

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This is a fine example of aVerner's pattern prismatic marching compass, but with no makers or pattern markings.
However, it is a MK VII design which would date it to 1917 or earlier, and the leather case is actually embossed with the words 'French & Son Ltd, London, 1917'.
In 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 a sliding brass button on the side.
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 & strap which is also in very good condition with all stitching intact.
A nice collectable compass in good working order and suitable for practical use even today.

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19th century miniature gimballed boat compass in Oak case, circa 1890

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This is a dry card gimballed nautical compass of unusually small proportions, with the compass bowl measuring 2.5", and set in a 4" square polished oak case with lid.
The compass card pivots on a gemstone bearing, and is contained within a lacqured brass bowl under a clean undamaged crystal.
Dating to the last quarter of the 19th century circa 1890, the condition of both compass and box is very good, as can be seen from the photos.
In full working order, a fine decorative antique for display.

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Georgian brass pocket compass with porcelain dial

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A superb Georgian gilded brass pocket compass set in blue velvet lined leather case, circa 1820. Although unsigned this is a rare compass with a porcelain or ceramic dial which is in excellent condition with no hairline cracks. The English bar needle pivots on a jewel for accuracy and resistance to wear, and is set under an undamaged bevelled crystal. The gilded brass case does show signs of rubbing on the reverse, but is dent free and the hanging ring is a later replacement. It comes fitted in a brown leather case which is in good sound condition and retains its ornate brass fastening clasp.
Measuring 42mm in diameter not including the bow, the compass is in working order and finds North easily and settles quickly.

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  SOLD SC693    
Mid 19th century brass cased compass, WH Moralee , North Shields

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19th century brass cased pocket compass with push fit lid. Signed 'W H Moralee, North Shields' on the distinctive dial. Unusually, the lid is not only engraved with its former owner, G W B Branwell, but also dated 1873. I suspect the compass is actually earlier than this date, as the maker was working in North Shields from the early part of the 19th century. Measures 35mm diameter & in good working order.

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

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A small Victorian pocket compass set in blue velvet lined, fishskin covered case, and dating to the latter part of the 19th century.
Although measuring only 40mm diameter including the case, this is quite a striking little compass with a shapely blued steel needle imprinted N & S in gold lettering for clarity.
Set over a paper dial incorporating 16 cardinal & intercardinal points, a delicate compass in full working order, and although having some age related wear, is generally in good condition.

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Doublet, London MOP pocket compass circa 1830

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Dating from around 1830, and engraved Doublet, Moorgate St, London on the base, this compass is in exceptional condition with a very clean crystal over an equally clean mother of pearl black & white dial. Probably made by Thomas Doublet who was working at the Moorgate address around 1830, the case retains its original blackened brass finish inside, whilst the outside has over the years been replaced by a very attractive dark copper like patination. A nice early compass in full working order, with inbuilt transit lock.

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Large prismatic surveying compass by Lawrence & Mayo

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This is a large prismatic surveying compass, made by Lawrence & Mayo, India, and dates to post WW2.

Lawrence and Mayo, traces its roots to two London based Jewish families, who set up operations all over the world including London, Cairo, Spain, Portugal, Indian subcontinent, Colombo, Rangoon and Singapore. Not much information is available on the early history of the company, but its reputation as a chain of High grade Opticians and makers of best quality Survey, Scientific and Meteorological Instruments was well known. Records show that L&M opened its first Indian office and showroom in Calcutta in the year 1877.
In 1938 L&M was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act 1913, as a private limited company becoming wholly Indian since 1967, and still trades today on a global basis.

Its a very impressive instrument measuring 120mm in overall diameter and incorporates a number of features not found on the more standard models, including two rotating red & green 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 case which is also in good sound condition.
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 1.2 kgs with its case.

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  SOLD SC1163    
Ross, London night marching compass

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Night Marching compass signed ROSS, London on the dial, and engraved Ross Ltd, 31 Cockspur St on the lid. Originally the case would have been blackened brass, but is now brightly polished, which looks quite eye catching. Dating from pre WW1, the white compass card is is surrounded by a silvered bearing ring, and controlled by a brass manual stop on one side.
Complete in every way, including its own light tan leather case, both compass & case are in very good condition. It also has some history attached to it as its engraved Capt W Lawson on the base, perhaps someone knows the name?
Measures approx 2" in diameter, a really nice looking compass with a heavy bevelled crystal that emphasises the quality of this piece.

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  SOLD SC597    
19th century gimbal mounted boxed ships compass

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A large mid 19th century gimbal mounted ships compass of impressive proportions, signed 'J. Stevenson, Compass Adjuster, Aberdeen' on the card dial.
The bowl and gimbals are of brass construction and the compass is housed in its original dovetailed mahogany box .
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 good sound condition, the card dial is clean and the glass cover is free from any chips or cracks, with only a small area of red putty missing around its circumference.
Box dimensions are 10" square by 6" deep, compass and bowl diameter is just over 7".
A visually stunning antique in good working condition, there is no lid but not really an issue as these compasses are best displayed with the lid removed, and would look great in most surroundings.
This is a substantial instrument weighing 2.3kgs unpacked, so unfortunately overseas shipping is not cheap!

Please note: due to weight, delivery will be by courier, therefore it is important that a contact telephone number be entered through the shopping cart at checkout stage, and also note that items cannot be shipped to PO boxes as these are not catered for by couriers.

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  SOLD SC1263    
1935 prismatic marching compass E R Watts, MK IX , 1935

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A nice example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse: 'E.R.WATTS &SON, MKIX, No3464, 1935' (also has the War office military arrow). This particular compass was owned by someone called H C G Richards, whose initials are lightly engraved on the lid. In full working order, it also has the traditional MOP dial and is in very good condition, retaining virtually all its original black finish. The accompanying tan leather case is also in excellent condition.

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  SOLD SC673    
1916 MK V Army Officers pocket compass by C Haseler & Son

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Military WW1 British Army Officers pocket watch compass, engraved C Haseler & Son Ltd, Birmingham V, 75861, 1916, and military arrow on the lid. The full hunter case retains all its original nickel plating, and no dents. The bevelled glass crystal is in excellent undamaged condition, and covers an attractive jewelled floating dial, also with all of its original markings complete.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock. Measuring approx 50mm diameter this is a fine example of these charismatic WW1 compasses, which are becoming very scarce.

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  SOLD SC866    
19th century Negretti & Zambra pocket compass circa 1860

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A very distinctive brass cased Victorian pocket compass dating to around 1860, made by the famous firm of Negretti & Zambra. The traditional compass rose dial has the words 'Negretti & Zambra, London' in a circular logo around the centre, and direction is indicated by a shapely blued steel needle with N & S engraved in gold lettering for clarity. The brass case is in good condition with no dents and has its original brass lid which protects the glass crystal. In full working order, a nice heavy little piece for its size, dimensions are 40mm diameter and 12mm deep.

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  SOLD SC917    
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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  SOLD SC1006    
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