The Boreal Arrow
Code BA11051738: Francis Barker & Son Leather-Cased Silver Compass, Hallmarked 1894
This is a extremely rare and large silver compass made by Francis Barker & Son in 1894. The compass comes in a large solid silver case with silver hallmarks for London and year 1894. It is also hallmarked with maker's mark F. B. & Sn. The case is in excellent condition without dings or dents. It has a monogram on the back under the silver hallmarks. The ring has also a Lion Passant hallmark. The mother-of-pearl dial is a real beauty and easily reflects nice colors as soon as it exposed to light. It is a SINGER's Patent dial and is signed with retailer's name: C. &. G. E. ASPREY, 166 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON. The dial has a jeweled brass cap and rotates freely and finds North precisely and easily. The dial can be locked by turning the silver crown located under the ring. It must be turned clock-wise to release the dial. The transit lock is a mechanism that protects and prevents undue wear to the pivot, and preserves the precision of the compass over the years. The compass is housed in a big red leather case still in excellent condition without any damage. It has a strong hinge and a button that must be pushed to open the lid. The leather case has blue linen and velvet inside. This is quite a large compass. It measures 52mm in diameter excluding the pendant and the ring. The external leather case measures 62mm in diameter.