A superb WW1 military Officers pocket compass, engraved Sherwood & Co London, V, No 53679, 1915.
Unusually, the engraving is on the base of the compass and it also has the military arrow denoting it was War department issue. The full hunter case is in good dent free condition, and has been polished leaving a nice brassy finish on the outside which contrasts nicely with the nickel plating on the inside. The bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jeweled dry card Singers Patent style black & white dial.
Compasses by this maker are very scarce and this is a fine example which is in full working order, with a strong hinge and a functional transit lock.
WW1 Verners pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass with leather case. 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. The leather case is embossed L F & Co 1916 so is likely to be its original case, which is also in good condition with all stitching intact. The serial number is 19343 which is engraved inside the lid.
In full working order, a nice complete example.
A rare example of a leather cased MK VII prismatic marching compass, made by Cary London. Engraved 'CARY, 7 Pall Mall, London, MARK VII' with the war department military arrow. This dates from the WW1 period and is based on the Verner's MKVII design, which was in use around 1916. Has the traditional MOP dial and is in very good condition, retaining virtually all its original black finish. The accompanying leather case is also in excellent condition, and is designed to be attached to a belt through a loop on the back.
An attractive Victorian pocket compass set in blue velvet lined fishskin case, measuring 45mm in diameter, and dating to the last quarter of the 19th century. Unusually, the crystal is slightly domed and it sits above a blued steel needle, engraved N & S in gold lettering for clarity. The paper dial is still quite clean, and incorporates 8 cardinal points & 8 unmarked intercardinal points. In full working order, the condition of both compass & case is very good.
19th century brass pocket compass by Dollond, probably the most renowned of all instrument makers. Signed DOLLOND LONDON, on the white card dial, with english bar needle, this is a real little gem for Dollond collectors. The brass case is in good original uncleaned condition with no dents, and a nice clean crystal. Lid closes on to a locking pin which engages the transit lock. All in full working order, measures 2" diameter, 3/4" deep.
Delightful 19th century dial card compass contained in a circular mahogany case with lid, dates to around 1880. Needle lift mechanism pin set in rim, locks dial card on closure of lid. The patination on the case is a wonderful colour, complimented by the delicate brass clasp and hinge. Measuring 2 1/4" diameter and 3/4" deep, a quality compass in super condition all round.
A very distinctive brass cased Georgian brass pocket compass dating to around 1825. Although unsigned this compass is clearly a quality piece with 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. The brass case is free from any dents and has its original push on lid.
In full working order, antique compasses of this age are rarely found in such good original condition.
Dimensions are 36mm diameter and 10mm deep.
Impressive Georgian compass circa early 19th century ,set in a hinged mahogany block 4"square. The compass has a shapely steel needle and a paper compass rose divided into degrees and also showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North. There is a hand written inscription on the inside of the lid which reads: 'Henry Brough Gregory, August 30th 1829'. This may well be the original owner, but I've not been able to find out who this person was, but its a nice piece of date provenance.
The needle is held by a detent which comes into play when the lid is closed. Fastened with two 7 shaped brass clasps, this is a clean compass for its age. Every thing is in working order, and retains the original glass which has a fault line in it (not a crack), but this can only be seen in a certain position and does not detract from what is a classic compass with a traditional design.
Measuring 3” diameter and 5/8” depth, this superb combined clinometer and compass is in excellent condition. Although not signed, its leather case still has the makers brand label,
F Robson & Co Opticians Newcastle upon Tyne. Blackened brass construction with brass fittings, it has two uses, with the compass level an object can be viewed through the peep sights on the handle to determine its magnetic heading. When tilted on its side an objects angle of elevation or declination can be determined by use of the weighted pendulous arm beneath the compass needle. Early 20th century, both compass and leather case are in really exceptional condition and in full working order.
This is a 19th century open faced pocket compass set in a brass case measuring 33mm in diameter. The distinctive dial dates the compass to around 1875 although the main cardinal points appear to have had some sort of luminous compound added, probably at a later date. Frustratingly, there are faint letters around the pivot, but these have faded and its impossible to make out who the maker was, but the dial is in otherwise very clean condition. It has a manual transit lock activated by a sliding knob on the side, and the dial has a jewelled pivot. A very collectable compass in good working order.
Unsigned military style open faced pocket compass with a distinctive black & white jewelled pivot dial under a bevelled glass crystal.
Dating from the WW2 period, originally the case outer would have been blackened brass, but this one has been highly polished, and looks quite impressive, with only light rubbing in places.
This elegant slim compass is in good condition and measures 45mm diameter by 7mm in height. In full working order, it comes in a modern presentation box.
WW1 officers pocket watch style compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI 56703 1917, and military arrow on the lid. This is a quite unique compass, in that the base is hand engraved with various Masonic symbols and the number 1942 which suggests it may have been through two World wars. I have no idea of the meaning of the Masonic signs, but have included a full picture for clarity, and would welcome any info regarding them. Click here for image
The full hunter case retains all its original nickel plating with no dents, and the bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled dry card dial, its in very good condtion all round.
In full working order, with strong hinge including the transit lock, its a one off with perhaps some mystery attached to it?
A nice example of a leather cased MK IX prismatic marching compass, engraved on the reverse ' M.D.S. Ltd, London, no 1343, MK IX ' (MDS stands for Manufacturers & Distributors Syndicate Ltd who were founded in 1920 to deal with Government surplus)
The compass dates to the late 1930's pre WW2 era and comes with its original leather case which is in very good condition with the strap & buckle still sound, as is all the stitching. The name H M Richardson is neatly impressed on the front of the leather case, and is probably the original owner.
In full working order, and very good condtion all round, with virtually no paint loss other than some on the base. This is a precision compass, with a floating dial which pivots on a gemstone bearing, and a clean undamaged crystal.
This is a nice example of a full hunter cased pocket compass, engraved 'F. B & S (1932) Ltd, MKVI, B13090' with the numbers 6635 inside the lid. The maker is Francis Barker & Son, and the compass was possibly a private purchase for civilian use, as there is no War department crowfoot symbol, but the specification is identical to the British Army Officers MK VI models used during WW2.
The nickel plated hunter case is in a clean bright condition, with a bevelled glass crystal covering the jewelled dry card 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.
Pocket compasses by Negretti & Zambra do not turn up too often, and its been sometime since I've had one in such good condition. It dates to the end of the 19th century, and is a really handsome piece, fitted with a jewelled English bar needle above an attractive dial, it has Negretti & Zambra London printed on a small circular overlay around the pivot. It also comes with a single Albert chain & T bar measuring just over 10 in length.
In full working order including the lid activated transit lock, the nickel plated case is dent free and has a strong hinge.
A rare compass by probably one of the most renowned firm of instrument makers.
A This is called an 'Angle of Sight' instrument, and made by J H Steward during the first quarter of the 20th century. This is a precision instrument which incorporates a prismatic surveyors compass, and a clinometer. The body retains virtually all of its original oxidised black finish, and is engraved J H Steward Ltd, 406 Strand London. Comes with its own fitted leather case and is in excellent condition.
An unsigned Georgian gilded brass pocket compass , circa 1825. The white enamelled dial is in fine condition and has a shapely blued steel needle engraved N & S for clarity, all set under its original bevelled crystal. Although the gilded brass case has lost some of its original gilding its still in a very presentable condition.
Measuring 42mm in diameter not including the bow, the compass is in working order and finds North quite easily. Please note the compass comes in a modern green satin lined presentation box.
Dating to the early part of the 19th century (circa 1830), this brass cased small boat compass measures 55mm in diameter and stands 25mm high. It has the added advantage of a removable crystal within a brass bezel, which means it can be easily kept clean. The attractive card dial is complete and in good cosmetic condition. The brass case & lid are also free from any dents or gouges and have a nice even patination consistent with a compass of this age. Unsigned, but in full working order.
Nice example of an Edwardian brass cased pocket compass with an English cross bar needle on a jewelled pivot, and signed E Lennie McCall, Optcian Edinburgh. (It's likely that this compass was made by another maker, and retailed by Lennie)
Dating to around 1910, its in good clean condition with a later replacement bow ring, and undamaged crystal. The brass case is also in good condition with a warm patination, and is dent free.
Measuring 40mm diameter, this is a sturdy yet attractive compass in working order, and finds North easily.
WW1 Verners pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass with leather case and carry strap. Engraved '1917 E KOEHN GENEVE SUISSE no 131610'on the base, and also the War department military arrow. Still retaining nearly all of its black finish on the lid, the Mother of Pearl dial and glass covers are in very good condition. The leather case has a belt loop, and is also in surprisingly good condition with all stitching intact, plus it still has the original carrying strap.
In full working order, a nice complete example.
Unsigned military style pocket compass with attractive black & white dial under a clean glass crystal. Originally the case outer would have been blackened brass, but this one has been highly polished, and actually looks quite impressive. The attractive black & white dial is in excellent condition and has the reg no 416645 which dates the compass to between 1934 -35. Measuring 45mm diameter and 15mm depth. it also incorporates a transit lock activated by lid closure. In full working order and no dents, a handsome compass ideal for that long country walk!
WW1 Verners pattern MKVII prismatic marching compass with leather case. 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. The leather case is embossed P L Sugden and is also in surprisingly good condition with all stitching intact, plus it still has the original carrying strap. The serial number is 19987 which is engraved inside the lid.
In full working order, a nice complete example.
Early 19th century or possibly late 18th century, brass cased fob style compass, in gilt case with domed glass. Bar needle set over a ceramic dial (faint hairline crack from west to nne), also has transit lock. Unsigned but very rare compass, in working order, measures 45mm diameter.
Dating to the mid 19th century, this Victorian brass cased compass is of substantial proportions, measuring 3.25" diameter and over an inch in depth. Set in a lacquered brass case, the very attractive card dial has a distinctive eye logo above the fleur de lis at North, and the words Trade Mark. Comes with a snug fitting brass cover, which has some tarnishing on the outside, but has protected the glass crystal well over the years. The lid activates a needle lift via a tiny protruding pin on the rim of the compass. In working order, dial condition is good with only one minor stain above North.
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