The Boreal Arrow
Code BA09010102: Solid Silver Hunter Cased Compass, 1883
This is an unusual and rare compass made by Fanny Benjamin in 1883. The case is made of solid silver and has several silver hallmarks: The maker's initials are F.B., which correspond to Fanny Benjamin ( http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLISHSILVERMARKSXF.html#58ING/. The lion mark indicates that it is Sterling Silver. It has a tight bow also marked with the lion mark. The letter H corresponds to the year 1883. It is also marked with digit 1. I took a picture of the inside of the case to show that it is also hallmarked for London 1883. There are hallmarks: inside the front lid, on the rim next to the bezel, on the pendant, on the ring, and finally inside the case. This is very unusual to find so many hallmarks on such a small object. The case has also initials engraved on the front lid. The case is in excellent condition without dings or dents. No damage. When the button is pushed the front lid springs open. Bevelled glass crystal is in excellent condition. The compass has a nice Singer floating dial made of Mother-of-Pearl. The dial has a jewelled brass cap. In full working order and finding North precisely, with strong hinge including the transit lock. Size 47mm in diameter excluding the ring. High quality, very rare compass and hard to find in such a condition.