The Boreal Arrow
Code BA09102133: Antique c. 1870 Wood-Cased Gymballed J. H. Steward Ships Compass
This is a nice original miniature gimbaled ships compass dating c. 1870. It is marked with the maker name on the typically Singer Patent style dial: J.H. Steward, 405 & 406 Strand, London. The Dial measures 4.45cm across. The case is made of brass. It has gimbals around the compass body allowing it to swing in any direction. The brass has some marks of aging but no dings or dents. The compass comes in a square wood box that has probably been made later. The compass is working perfectly and the gimbals allow it to swing freely. The wood box is in excellent condition. No damage. It has an adjustable pin that allows you to remove the compass from the box and also to adjust the gimbals. It measures 7.3x7x4.6cm. This compass is very rare and would make a great add to any collection.