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Code BA10051733: F. Barker and Son Silver Wrist Compass, London 1914
This is a rare and nice ladies wrist compass made by Francis Barker & Son in London in 1915. The case is made of solid silver and has hallmarks for London 1914. It is also hallmarked with maker's initials F. B. & Sn. LTD. The case in excellent condition without dings or dents. The floating dial is a variant of the Singer patent. It is marked ENGLAND REG. 416645. The British National Archives (South-West London) gave the following information: "The design no. 416645 was published on page 1318 of the Official Journal of patents dated 30th September 1903, covering designs registered in the week ending 17th September 1903. The owners were Francis Barker & Son, of 12 Clerkenwell Rd, London WC" (text from the Compass Museum). The dial is in excellent condition and retaining all its colors. The flat glass crystal is in excellent condition without chips or scratches. The floating dial points North easily and precisely. The compass is attached to its original solid silver strap with a spring structure to fit different wrist sizes. It is marked STERLING SILVER and BRITISH MAKE. This is a nice and extremely rare example by a quality maker. Measures 28mm in diameter.