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Pocket compass with collapsible stirrup cup inside

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This is a most unusual compass as the hunter case contains a collapsible six ring stirrup cup inside, and the compass is embedded in the top of the lid. It dates to the early part of the twentieth century, and is engraved 'Patent E.J.T. no 15061' on the underside of the nickel plated case.
In working order, it measures 50mm in diameter and the condition is generally good all round, with some tarnishing on the cup.

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Dennison WW1  Military pocket compass

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This is an impressive Victorian brass cased pocket compass with a Mother of Pearl black & white dial, pivoting on a gemstone bearing. It has a very clean dial with a little discolouration as is often found on natural materials like mother of pearl. An unsigned piece, although the lid is lightly engraved with large but faint intertwined letters which read 'HCL'. This may be a previous owners initials or perhaps to commemorate a significant event, in any event the style of compass indicates a date of around 1880.
Measuring over 50mm in diameter, this is a substantial yet attractive compass, housed in a brass case free from any dents and in full working order including the transit lock which is activated when the lid is closed.

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19th century pocket compass in velvet lined case

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Early Victorian pocket compass dating to around 1870, and set in blue velvet lined leather case. Very attractive blued steel needle, engraved N & S in gold for clarity, set under a slightly domed crystal. The brown leather case is in good sound condition and retains its brass fastening clasp.
Measuring 40mm overall diameter including its leather covered case, this unsigned compass is in full working order including the transit lock, activated on closure of lid.

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1916 MK V Officers Hunter cased pocket compass

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A superb condition WW1 British Army Officers pocket watch style compass, engraved 'Short & Mason Ltd London, 1916, V, 109190', also has the military arrow on the lid.
The full hunter nickel plated case is dent free, retains all its original plating, and houses a Singers patent style dial with a jeweled pivot bearing, under a clean undamaged crystal.
In full working order, with a strong hinge and a functional transit lock, a fine compass in excellent condition as can be seen from the photos.

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Antique gimbal mounted boxed ships compass

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An impressive ship or boat compass dating to the end of the 19th century by F. E. Becker. The bowl and gimbal are of brass construction and housed in its original oak box with sliding lid which has a stamped logo. The jewelled dry card dial has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points, and there is a distinctive Fleur de Lis crest denoting North.
Signed 'F.E.Becker & Co, London' on the dial, it is all in very good sound condition, the only blemish being a tiny edge chip on the glass which is difficult to see, but I mention it for accuracy.
Box dimensions are 120mm square by 95mm high, compass diameter is 65mm.
Not only a fully working compass, but also a very handsome display piece.

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WW1 pocket compass by Cruchon & Emons

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WW1 officers pocket watch compass, engraved Cruchon & Emons London V 88707, 1916, and military arrow. The hunter case is in good condition, although the nickel plating has been mostly polished back to the brass, leaving a nice bronzed finish on the outside. The bevelled glass crystal covers the distinctive Singers patent style black & white dial, which was phased out after 1916, making this one of the last compasses produced in this much sought after design.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock. A fine working example from one of the rarer makers of this style of compass. Measures 45mm in diameter.

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S Mordan Verner's MKVIII prismatic marching compass

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WW1 Verner's pattern MKVIII military marching compass dated 1918. Made by S Mordan & Co with serial no 139476, also engraved with War department arrow.
In very good condition all round,with clean mother of pearl dial, the brass lid retains most of its original black finish and has a nice strong hinge with a brass knob on the side for transit locking of dial. Comes with leather case which is also in very good condition, all stitching and straps are intact. The case is embossed Garstin & Co Ltd 1918, who were probably the makers of the case, which is probably the original. In good working order, a fine, clean example of a WW1 prismatic marching compass, by one of the quality makers.

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Swiss made open face pocket compass

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Elegant Swiss made open face pocket compass with side action needle lock. Very slim in construction the dial design is similar to both Dennison and Swiss Longines types. Measuring 38mm diameter overall, with a jewelled pivot, and housed in a dent free nickel plated case with glass crystal, a quality piece in very good condition, that I suspect is quite unique in its own way. Dating to around 1920, it is in full working order.

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Mid 19th century pocket compass circa 1850

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An attractive early Victorian pocket compass set in a red lined fishskin case, measuring 45mm in diameter, and dating to the mid 19th century. The elegant blued steel needle is engraved N & S in gold lettering for clarity, and sits over a traditional paper compass dial. which is still quite clean, and incorporates 16 cardinal & intercardinal points with a fleur de lys for North. The compass is protected by closure of the lid, then fastened by an ornate brass hook & catch.
Housed under a clear undamaged crystal , it's in working order and the cosmetic condition of both compass & case is very good.

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Vintage hunter cased pocket compass with leather strap & T bar

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Similar in design to the earlier British Army Officers compasses of WW1 made by Dennison, this is an unsigned full hunter cased pocket compass dating to the inter war period of the 1920's & 30's, and is probably a peacetime model having no markings of any kind.
The polished case retains all its original nickel plating, with a bevelled glass crystal covering an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial, and still has the leather strap & T bar for the buttonhole.
The cosmetic condition is very good with just one tiny, hard to see ding on one side of the lid in the 4 o'clock position.
In full working order, with a strong hinge including the transit lock, it measures 45mm in diameter not including the stem.

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Dollond Hunter cased MK V style pocket compass, circa 1920.

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Based on the iconic MK V British Army Officers pocket compasses of WW1, this is probably a peacetime example produced shortly after the Great War.
Most of these compasses were made by Dennison, but this is a rare compass actually produced by Dollond, and is engraved 'DOLLOND LONDON' on the lid. The hunter case is in very good condition, and the bevelled glass crystal covers 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, including the transit lock. A fine working example from the top instrument maker of the day. Measures 45mm in diameter.

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Victorian pocket compass circa 1850

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Early Victorian brass bodied pocket compass set in a velvet lined, burgundy coloured fishskin 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 a rare item, but the condition is exceptional, including the outer case which still has its original ornate brass clasp.
Measuring 43mm diameter including its leather covered case, the compass is in full working order, and although unsigned a quality antique in excess of 150 years old.

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Antique hunter cased pocket compass with cross bar needle

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Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, this is a distinctive full Hunter cased pocket compass, with an English cross bar needle on a jewelled pivot above a very attractive paper dial, covered by a clean crystal which is in good undamaged condition. The nickel plated case is in excellent condition with a nice bright finish, and a working transit lock.
Measuring 45mm in diameter, an antique compass with style, in full working order.

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1915 Mk V Army Officers military pocket compass

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A nice example of a WW1 British Army Officers pocket watch compass, engraved on the lid Anglo Swiss Association, London, V, 68642, 1915, and military arrow. The hunter case is in very good condition, although the nickel plating has been mostly polished back to the brass, leaving a nice brassy finish on the outside. The bevelled glass crystal covers 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 strong hinge including the transit lock. A fine working example from one of the rarer makers who did not use the more common Dennison case. Measures 45mm in diameter.

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1918 hunter cased military pocket compass by Dennison

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Military WW1 officers pocket watch compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 81059 1918, and military arrow on the lid. The full hunter case retains all its original nickel plating, and only has a couple of minor dings on the lid, but hard to see in the photos. The bevelled glass crystal is in excellent condition with its painted lubber line intact, and covers an attractive jewelled dry card dial, also with all of its original markings complete.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock. A fine working example from the most renowned maker of this style of compass.

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Victorian needle pocket compass.

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Victorian brass bodied pocket compass set in blue velvet lined leather case. Very attractive blued steel needle, engraved N & S in gold for clarity, set under a clean undamaged crystal. The brown leather case has a few small scuff marks, but is in good sound condition and retains its brass fastening clasp.
Measuring 45mm including its leather covered case, the compass is in full working order including the transit lock, activated on closure of lid.

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WW2 Angle of Sight instrument by F Barker

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This is called an 'Angle of Sight' instrument, and made by F Barker during the early 1940's. A precision instrument which incorporates a prismatic compass, consisting of a green card dial with Fleur de Lis North pointer, and a clinometer visible in the vertical plane. A precision instrument, it's in really good condition, the body retaining all of its original oxidised black finish, and is engraved F Barker & Son (1932) Ltd. No 733/44. Comes with its own fitted leather case which is also in very good condition.
In full working order, this particular instrument came from a military base on the island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, and was amongst a collection of 'items not required' when the Air Traffic Control Tower was demolished in 1994. Up to 2500 military personnel were stationed on the Island during WW2 , including the 418 squadron and a U-boat attack squadron.

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1917 British Army Officers MK V pocket compass

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Military WW1 British Army Officers pocket watch compass, engraved Stanley London V 126379, 1917, and military arrow on the lid. Although Stanley was a well known maker, not many compasses of this design turn up by him. The engraving is a little worn but still readable, and the full hunter case retains all its original nickel plating.
The bevelled glass crystal is in excellent undamaged condition, and covers an attractive jewelled floating Singers patent style dial, with all of its original markings complete.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock. Measuring approx 45mm diameter this is a fine example of these charismatic WW1 compasses, which are becoming very scarce.

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Dollond & Aitchison pocket watch  style compass

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Made in the style of the WW1 officers pocket watch compasses , this is the first compass I have seen bearing the name Dollond & Aitchison London engraved on the inside of the lid. The absence of any military markings, and the fact we know that Dollond & Aitchison did not merge until 1923, indicates that this is likely to be a peacetime compass and a rare one at that! Originally the gunmetal finish would have covered all the nickel, but although the top & inside retains all the original finish, the base has been cleaned off back to the nickel plating (see photos). The inside is in virtually mint condition & the bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jeweled black & white dial. In full working order, with strong hinge including a working transit lock, and no dents in the case.

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WW1 era Verner's style prismatic marching compass

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A superb condition WW1 Verner's style prismatic marching compass with leather case, although unsigned and lacking any markings, the specification is similar to the military MKVII model with the floating jewelled pivot dial, and as can be seen from the photos is in excellent condition, retaining all of its original black finish on the lid.
The MKVII model was superceded by the MKVIII towards the end of WW1, so this particular compass will likely date to pre 1918, and probably made for the military but never issued.
In full working order, it has a nice strong hinge with a brass knob on the side for transit locking of dial, and the anti slip rubber ring on the reverse is complete. It also comes with a tan coloured leather flap case which is in exceptional condition with all stitching intact.

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Vintage hunter cased pocket compass

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An unusual Hunter cased pocket Compass with integral folding sight vanes. Known as a direct reading compass, it has the East & West poles reversed on the dial, this is done to enable easy reading of the direction that one is facing. Whilst the needle will always find North, the corresponding cardinal point directly below the needle indicates the direction that the person is actually heading.
The compass has an English cross bar needle with a red gemstone pivot, set over an aluminium 2 tier dial with a 360 degree upper scale.
There are no makers marks, it is of nickel plated brass construction ,and probably dates from between the two world wars. Generally in good condition with only some minor rubbing on the case.
It measures 50mm diameter and 20mm in depth, and is quite a unique style of compass.

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1917 Verner's MkVIII prismatic compass by S Mordan & Co

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WW1 Verner's pattern MKVIII military marching compass dated 1917. Made by S Mordan & Co with serial no 63003, also engraved with War department arrow.
In very good condition all round,with clean mother of pearl dial, the brass lid retains virtually all of its original black finish and has a nice strong hinge with a brass knob on the side for transit locking of dial. Comes with leather case and carrying strap which is also in very good condition, all stitching and straps are intact. The case is embossed Jabez Cliff & Co Walsall 1918, who were probably the makers of the case. In good working order, a fine, clean example of a WW1 prismatic marching compass, by one of the quality makers.

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Barker & Son WW2 MK VI Officers pocket compass

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This is a fine example of a WW2 full hunter cased British Army Officers pocket compass, engraved 'MK VI 1939, F Barker &Son (1932) Ltd, London, B2319' with the numbers 6787 inside the lid. The lid also has the War department military arrow, which shows it was issued to the field.
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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Dalvey of Scotland Expedition cup with compass

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This is a Dalvey Expedition cup & compass in a hunter case, containing a collapsible six ring spirit cup inside, and a liquid filled compass in the base. Made from stainless steel, and still in current production by Dalvey of Scotland, its hardly been used and in full working order.
It measures 70mm in diameter and the cosmetic condition is excellent.

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19th century pocket compass by Newton & Co

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Brass cased pocket compass with a Mother of Pearl black & white dial. Signed Newton & Co, 3 Fleet St, London, it has a very clean dial, but a little grime around the edges under the glass. William Edward & Frederic Newton founded their partnership at the Fleet street address around 1850, and this compass dates probably to around 1890.
Measures 45mm diameter, this is a sturdy yet attractive compass, in full working order including the transit lock activated when lid closed. No dents.

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Dennison 1917 Officers pocket compass

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A fine example of a WW1 officers pocket watch style compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 38752 1917, and military arrow on the lid.
The full hunter case is dent free, retaining all of its original nickel plating, and the bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled dry card dial, with all the markings complete.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock, this compass really is in exceptional condition, and would make a great gift for someone!

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Late 19th century pocket compass with mother of pearl dial

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A stunning pocket watch compass, with a classic mother of pearl Singers patent style design dial, housed in a brightly polished brass hunter case which positively gleams!
An unsigned piece dating to the latter part of the 19th century, which is of high quality and in near mint condition as can be seen from the photos.
The dial has a jeweled pivot set under a clean, undamaged bevelled crystal.
In full working order, an impressive compass with a strong hinge and a functional transit lock, measuring 45mm diameter not including the bow. Would make a great gift!

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Mahogany cased compass & clinometer by James White, Glasgow

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Combined compass/clinometer set in a very attractive mahogany case, with twin side fasteners. The elegant blue needle pivots over a paper dial which has 32 cardinal & inter cardinal points and is signed J White Glasgow. I believe this was James White, working in Glasgow between 1850 to 1856, he was also one of the original founders of the company that we know today as Kelvin & Hughes Ltd.
This compass is in superb condition as can be seen by the photos, and measures 65mm square & 20mm deep. A rare piece by a relatively unknown, yet important maker.

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Dennison WW1  Military pocket compass

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This is a superb condition prismatic marching compass, almost certainly made by Francis Barker during the first half of the 20th century, and like many Barker compasses is unsigned, but the aluminium dial carries the Reg'd No 355639 which was a design first registered by Francis Barker in 1900. Similar in design to the Verner's pattern compasses of WW1, it's a dry dial compass with a gemstone pivot bearing, and has an automatic transit lock activated by lid closure.
Complete with its leather case, it is in excellent condition, retaining all of its original black finish on the body, and the anti slip rubber ring on the base, which is also stamped 'PROVPAT 4742/42'.
An exceptional compass in full working order, it measures 55mm in diameter not including the prismatic lens block.

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