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Dennison WW1  Military pocket compass

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A nice condition WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 48968 1917, and military arrow on the lid. The full hunter case retains all its original nickel plating, and the bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock. A fine example from the most renowned maker of this style of compass.

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SC906    
Victorian mahogany desk top compass by Barker & Son

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Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, this large mahogany cased compass measuring 6.5" (165mm) in diameter makes an impressive desk ornament.
It has a card band around its inner circumference with the following text ' c- f- casella & Co-ltd - london. s.w, D.norriss. Rio. de. janeiro --- SHIPMASTER'S ~~~ ) which represents the retailer (Casella) and the end customer ( D Norris probably a shipping agent in Brazil ).
However, the maker was Francis Barker & Son as evidenced by the words Trade Mark London, arranged in a triangle on the dial above the North fleur de lis, and within the triangle is a combination of 3 letters and one symbol, F B & S. These are superimposed over each other to form the logo of Francis Barker & Son, but you will need a jewellers eye glass to see it properly!
The attractive paper dial is in exceptional condition with no staining as is often found in other compasses of the period, and is set under a jewelled steel needle measuring 4.5" in length, the glass crystal is also original and in excellent condition.
It is in working order, although the needle does take a little time to settle, but it's in very good condition all round, a quite splendid Victorian compass with rare novelty value.

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  SOLD SC1271    
WW1 MK V Dennison hunter cased pocket compass

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A fine example of a British Army Officers pocket watch compass signed 'DENNISON, BIRMINGHAM, V, 115774, 1916' with military arrow engraved. The full hunter case is nickel plated, free from any dents or dings, and comes with the distinctive Singers patent style dial card, under a clean undamaged crystal. This is a superb condition WW1 MK V compass from from one of the most renowned makers, and becoming increasingly difficult to find, particularly with the Singers style dial. 1916 was in fact the last year that this black & white dial was used in Dennison compasses. In full working order with a functional transit lock

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  SOLD SC1047    
19th century brass cased compass, Pizzala, London

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Mid 19th century brass cased pocket compass with push fit lid. Engraved 'PIZZALA, 19 HATTON GARDEN LONDON' on the lid, and also printed on the paper dial. Blued steel needle with N & S in gold letters for clarity. Measures 35mm diameter. In good working order, some tarnishing on brass lid.

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  SOLD SC532    
Mahogany cased compass & clinometer, Flatters & Garnett Manchester

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This is an unusual pocket compass which incorporates a clinometer arm, set in a very attractive mahogany case, with two elegant brass fasteners. A quite unusual design, the aluminium dial has an upper 360 degree graduated scale for compass readings, whilst the lower scale is for the clinometer function. Made by Flatters & Garnett who specialised in entemological equipment and were operating from the Dover St address between 1906 and 1909, it carries their trade label inside the lid.
Measuring 70mm square & 23mm deep, this compass is in very good condition, and is fully functional with an automatic needle transit lock.

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  SOLD SC775    
Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass

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Impressive Georgian compass circa 1825 ,set in a hinged mahogany block 3"square. The compass has a shapely blued steel needle engraved N & S in gold lettering for clarity, with a paper compass rose divided into degrees and also showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North.
The needle is locked in position for transit by a brass pin which comes into play when the lid is closed. Fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, this is in relatively clean condition for a compass which is over 180 years old, albeit with some age staining on the paper dial. Every thing is in working order, and retains the original undamaged glass, a genuine antique compass with a traditional design.

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  SOLD SC791    
Brevet Swiss pocket compass

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Attractive pocket compass by Brevet, unusually, this Swiss maker is better known for producing quality watches. This is the first compass I've come across from Brevet, and the style is quite different to other pocket compasses. Measuring 40mm diameter overall, with jewelled pivot and a rotating bezel for activating the transit lock. Nickel plated case with glass crystal, a quality piece in superb condition, that I suspect is quite unique in its own way.

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  SOLD SC557    
Antique Silver compass Hallmarked London 1892

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Hallmarked silver compasses do not come along very often, this particular one has the added benefit of a mother of pearl dial decorated in the distinctive black and white singers patent style. both the compass base and inside lid are hallmarked separately, and there is either a makers or retailers name on the rim which reads 'H Rodrigues, 42 Piccadilly W'.
Measuring 35mm diameter, the compass is in good condition with only a few minor dings on the base of the case and one on the lid. Hall marked with the date letter R for 1892, the silversmiths initials appear to be JH, but my limited knowledge of silver has not helped me to identify who this is. Nevertheless, this is definitely one for both compass and silver collectors alike.

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  SOLD SC319    
Victorian pocket compass with Mother of Pearl dial

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Victorian pocket compass set in blue velvet lined leather case. Very attractive black & white Mother of Pearl jeweled pivot dial, set under a clean undamaged crystal.
Measuring just under 50mm including its leather covered case, the compass is in full working order including the transit lock, and the condition of both compass & case is very good.

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  SOLD SC602    
19th century pocket compass in leather case

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A fine example of an English cross bar needle compass which was possibly used for military purposes. Dating to around 1870 there are no makers marks, but the accompanying leather case has the military arrow impressed on the flap. The compass is constructed in brass with a non reflective black finish, and has folding sight vanes which activate a transit lock when closed, and a separate push on lid for protecting the glass crystal.
This is a quality piece with a traditional printed card dial denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points, above which the crossbar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing for reduced friction. In very good condition all round, a fully working antique compass measuring 60mm diameter and 20mm deep.

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  SOLD SC935    
Full hunter cased needle pocket compass in a Dennison case

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Vintage English made Hunter cased pocket compass, with a cross bar needle on a jewelled pivot above a paper dial, covered by a bevelled crystal which is in good undamaged condition. Imprinted 'Made in England' on the dial, the nickel plated case is also in sound condition, with a working transit lock. There are letters J.R.L P.C.L and the date 1933 on the inside of the lid, along with the serial no 208042 W which indicates that the case was made by Dennison some time after the end of WW1. The case rear cover is actually engraved 'Dennison Watch Case Co Ltd' on the inside, but can only be seen with the rear cover removed.
Measuring 45mm in diameter not including post and ring, a nice clean compass in full working order.

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  SOLD SC909    
Verner's pattern MK VI design prismatic marching compass

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This is a fine and rare example of a Verner's Pattern MK VI design prismatic marching compass which was superceeded by the more common MK VII shortly after the start of WW1. The MK VI is much less common and unusual to find in such good condition, particularly with its centre paper label completely intact. There are no makers or model marks whatsoever, which suggests it was made as a wholesale product for onward retail, but found its way into private hands later. The quality and specification is typical of those produced by Short & Mason, probably before 1910. An exceptional compass in full working order, it has the mother of pearl dial for low light readings, and comes with its leather case which is also in excellent condition.

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  SOLD SC908    
WW1 1916 British Officers hunter cased pocket compass

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A nice example of a WW1 British Army Officers MK V pocket watch compass, engraved on the lid 'Short & Mason Ltd, London, V, 109904, 1916, and military arrow. However inside the base cover of the compass is engraved 'Made in England by Dennison Watch Case Co, for Short & Mason Ltd.'
Dennison was the most prolific maker of this style of compass during WW1, and it was not unusual for them to make them on behalf of other makers, but rarely did they engrave them as such inside.
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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  SOLD SC1232    
Gimbaled boat compass circa 1825

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This is an impressive Georgian gimbaled marine compass dating to around 1825. The bowl and gimbal are of lacquered brass construction and housed in its original mahogany box with sliding lid. 
The dry card has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points with a large Fleur de lis for North. Although unsigned its in very good condition, and displays very well, particularly in an upright position. The box dimensions are 5 " square by 3" deep, and the compass dial diameter is just over 3".

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  SOLD SC795    
Early Victorian brass cased pocket compass

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A very distinctive brass cased early Victorian pocket compass dating to around 1840. Although unsigned this compass is clearly a quality piece with a most attractive floating card dial under a clean crystal. The brass case is in very good condition with no dents and has its original snug fitting domed lid. A nice heavy little piece for its size, dimensions are 36mm diameter and 16mm deep.

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  SOLD SC869    
WW1 British Army Officers pocket compass dated 1916

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A British Army WW1 officers pocket watch style compass, engraved 'Dennison, Birmingham VI 1916', along with the War Department military arrow on the lid, the serial number 102222 on this model is on the inside of the lid.
The full hunter case is in very good condition, retaining all its original nickel plating, and is accompanied by its leather strap and T bar for attaching to a waistcoat buttonhole.
The original bevelled glass crystal is also in fine condition, and covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial with all its markings intact.
In full working order, including the automatic transit lock, it measures 45mm diameter on the main body, and is a fine example of these charismatic WW1 compasses, which are becoming very scarce in such good condition.

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  SOLD SC1304    
British Army Officers pocket compass pre WW2 period

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A great example of a full hunter cased pocket watch style compass, with a gemstone pivot floating dial, engraved 'Mark VII, T.A.R.S & W Ltd, B10794'.
Made in the pre WW2 period, this is the MK VII version which was the last model of the hunter cased pocket watch style designs that were developed during WW1, and this particular one carries the War Dept arrow denoting it was issued to the military. The initials stand for T A Reynolds Son & Wardale who were instrument makers of the time, but the prefix B on the serial number indicates that the compass was probably sourced by Reynolds from Francis Barker who almost certainly made the compass.
In excellent condition, the case is good with no dents and a clean undamaged crystal, all in fine working order, including an automatic transit lock when lid closed. Measures 45mm in diameter.

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  SOLD SC1038    
19th century circular pocket compass

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Impressive Victorian compass circa mid 19th century ,unusually set in a circular dark mahogany block 53mm diameter. The compass has a shapely blued-steel needle engraved N & S in gold lettering, and 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. Fastened with a brass clasp, this is a rare compass, with both crystal and dial in fine order. In full working order, a real classic with a traditional design.

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  SOLD SC721    
Gilded brass pocket compass

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A small gilded brass pocket compass of German origin, note the' O' (Oest) for East. Dating to the turn of the century, a dimunitive compass at only 35mm diameter , but this is a quality compass with a jewelled English cross bar needle (on this compass the cross bar is the South pointer). A quite unique design, it's in full working order including the transit lock.

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  SOLD SC732    
Early 20th C pocket compass

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Small brass pocket compass engraved ' E.Esdaile SYDNEY, Made in England'. Although measuring only 35mm diameter and 8mm thick, this is quite a striking little compass with a jewelled English bar needle set over a silvered dial incorporating 8 cardinal & intercardinal points. Esdaile was an Australian maker/retailer who during the early 20th century had instruments made for them in England by the likes of Broadhurst Clarkson and F Barker, and this is likely to have been made by F Barker, although there are none of Barkers logos on the compass. A compact compass, of good quality which is in full working order including the transit lock

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  SOLD SC729    
Early Victorian brass cased pocket compass with lid, circa 1840.

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Brass cased pocket compass with a Mother of Pearl black & white dial, signed S W Silver & Co, 67 Cornhill London. It has a very clean dial, but a little grime around the edges under the glass. The company was active from 1850 but the style of this compass suggests a date of around 1880.
Measuring 45mm diameter, this is a sturdy yet attractive compass, housed in a brass case free from any dents and in full working order including the transit lock activated when lid closed.

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  SOLD SC653    
Mid Victorian combined compass clinometer

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Impressive Victorian compass & clinometer circa mid 19th century, set in a hinged mahogany block 75mm square. The compass has a jewelled pivot English cross bar needle with a clean paper dial divided into 360 degrees, and also showing all the points of the compass. The needle is held by a pin which comes into play when the lid is closed. The lid interior still has the original handwritten paper scale and is fastened with an elegant brass clasp. A nice antique compass, with both crystal and dial in fine order, in full working order, a real classic with a traditional design.

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  SOLD SC726    
Military prismatic compass E R Watts & Son, 1935

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An exceptional example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse: 'E.R.WATTS &SON, MKIX, No4101, 1935' (also has the War office military arrow). Very similar to the original Verner's style compasses of WW1, with only subtle cosmetic differences. Has the traditional MOP dial and is in virtually mint condition, retaining all its original black finish. The accompanying tan leather case with its original carrying strap is also in excellent condition.

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  SOLD SC639    
British Army Officers hunter cased pocket compass dated 1916

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A nice condition WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 100230 1916, and military arrow on the lid.
The polished full hunter case retains all its original nickel plating, and the bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, which has all its original markings intact.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem. A fine example from the most renowned maker of this style of compass.

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  SOLD SC1108    
Victorian explorers compass circa 1850

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This is an elegant mid 19th century brass cased explorers or travellers compass with a very clean traditional dial, denoting 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points, under a clean crystal. The blued steel needle has N & S engraved in gold lettering for clarity, and the brass case is in good condition, with no dents.
Although unsigned, this antique compass with its original brass lid is clearly a quality piece, incorporating the classic compass rose design.
In full working order, including a transit lock activated when lid is in place, the dimensions are 55mm diameter and 12mm deep.

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  SOLD SC1080    
1916 Officers pocket compass with double albert chain

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A superb WW1 military pocket watch compass, engraved F Darton & Co London, V, 78994, 1916. Unusually, the engraving is on the base of the compass and also has the military arrow denoting it was War department issue. The inside of the lid is also stamped 115385 M.
The compass comes with a very stylish 9" double Albert fob chain & T bar which may be silver but no hallmarks that I can see. The nickel plated case is in very good condition, and the bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jeweled dry card Singers Patent style black & white dial.
In full working order, with a strong hinge and a functional transit lock, a fine compass from one of the rarer makers.

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  SOLD SC708    
Early 19th century mahogany cased pocket compass

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An impressive Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass measuring 65mm square.
The attractive paper compass dial is of a particularly early design, and dates to the first quarter of the 19th century circa 1820.
Complimented by the small triangular hand made hinges, and a shapely blued steel needle impressed with 'N' & 'S' in gold lettering for clarity, this is a stylish antique compass which is approaching 200 years old.
It really is rare to find compasses of this age in such very good condition, and it's in full working order including the original transit lock activated by lid closure.

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  SOLD SC1284    
1916 British army marching compass in fitted mahogany case

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WW1 Verners pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass engraved Cruchon & Emons London, 1916 on the base, and also the War department military arrow. Still retaining the majority of its black finish on the lid, the Mother of Pearl dial and glass covers are in very good condition. This particular example comes in a fitted mahogany case which is lined with green baize, and may well have been made for a special occasion.
In full working order, and in excellent condition all round, including the mahogany case.

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  SOLD SC823    
WW1 British Army Officers pocket compass

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A British Army WW1 officers pocket watch style compass, engraved 'Dennison, Birmingham VI 47696 1917', along with the War Department military arrow on the lid.

The full hunter case is in very good condition, with a strong hinge and retains all its original nickel plating.
The original bevelled glass crystal is also in fine condition, and covers an attractive jewelled pivot floating dial with all its markings intact.

In full working order, including the automatic transit lock, it measures 45mm diameter on the main body, and is a fine example of these charismatic WW1 compasses, which are becoming very scarce in such good condition

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  SOLD SC1270    
Antique pocket compass with Hall marked silver chain

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A very distinctive pocket watch compass, with a classic Mother of pearl, Singers patent style design dial. Housed in a nickel plated brass hunter case which is in good condition, although the nickel plating has lightly rubbed on the top of the lid.
The compass comes with a 10" hallmarked silver double albert chain with T bar, and each individual link has a lion stamp.
Although unsigned, this is a quality piece dating to the turn of the 20th century, and the dial has a jeweled pivot set under a domed & bevelled crystal.
In full working order, quite a rare, antique compass with a functional transit lock, measuring 45mm diameter not including the bow.

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  SOLD SC710    
WW2 British Army prismatic marching compass with leather case

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A fine example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse: 'J.M.G, & Sons Ltd, No B.16168, MK. IX' (also has the British Army War office military arrow). Dating to the WW2 period, the serial number is prefixed with 'B' which denotes that it was actually manufactured after 1939 by Francis Barker & Son who had the patent rights for most of the military compasses, and supplied many other famous instrument makers on a wholesale basis, including J M Glauser for onward retail under their own name.
In full working order, it also has the traditional Mother of Pearl dial for low light reading, and is in very good condition, retaining virtually all its original black finish. A dry dial compass with a gemstone pivot bearing, it has an automatic transit lock activated by lid closure and comes with a tan leather case which is also in very good condition, all stitching is intact.

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  SOLD SC951    
1917 British Army prismatic marching compass

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A fine example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse: 'J.M.G, & Sons Ltd, No B.16168, MK. IX' (also has the British Army War office military arrow). Dating to the WW2 period, the serial number is prefixed with 'B' which denotes that it was actually manufactured after 1939 by Francis Barker & Son who had the patent rights for most of the military compasses, and supplied many other famous instrument makers on a wholesale basis, including J M Glauser for onward retail under their own name.
In full working order, it also has the traditional Mother of Pearl dial for low light reading, and is in very good condition, retaining virtually all its original black finish. A dry dial compass with a gemstone pivot bearing, it has an automatic transit lock activated by lid closure and comes with a tan leather case which is also in very good condition, all stitching is intact.

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  SOLD SC848    
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