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.
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.
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.
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.A nice example of a late Victorian hunter cased pocket compass signed T B Winter & Son. 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 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.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.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.The hunter case is in very good condition and retains all its nickel plating both inside and out.Although not dated, manufacture of the MK V compass design was discontinued in 1916, so we know that this compass predates 1917.