The Boreal Arrow
Code BA13021318: ANTIQUE FRENCH SUNDIAL COMPASS c.1900
This is an extremely rare French sundial compass made around 1900. The hunter case is Nickel plated. It is in excellent condition without dings or dents but there two spots with loss of plating. The dial is made of a white silvered metal with French cardinal points. It is graduated in degrees and numbered every 10 degrees (0 to 360 at North). The dial is signed BOUGART, PARIS at the center. It is covered with a glass crystal in excellent condition without chips or scratches. The compass can be used with a folding gnomon bar to read the solar time. It has also a little bird to read the graduation on the gnomon. The compass is precise and points North without any problem. The needle can be blocked by acting on the transit lock the South next next to the brass chapter ring on top of the crystal. The transit lock prevents wear to the pivot when the compass is not in use. The needle is blue and silver and has a jeweled brass cap. This is a large sundial and measures 58mm in diameter. This is a nice a rare example that would make a nice add to any serious collection.