The Boreal Arrow
Code BA13041316: Early 1800 Long-Neck Gold Plated Antique Compass
This is a
stunning long-neck pocket compass made by unknown maker around 1800.
The case is tested 12K Gold Plated and in
excellent condition. No dings, dents or scratches. The original slightly
domed glass crystal is in excellent condition without chips or scratches.
The enamel dial is a real beauty with detailed information. It has a unique
design with graduation every 1
degree and numerals in quadrants every 10 degrees, starting from 0 to 90
from North to East, then decreasing from 90 to 0 from East to South. The
same pattern is repeated between North and West and between West and
South. The compass has a quality jeweled cap with a bar needle. It is in
excellent working order and finding North very easily. Under the long neck
there is a small lever acting as a transit lock, lifting the brass disc
located under brass cap to avoid any contact with the pivot. The length
of the compass when suspended from bottom to the bow is 75mm. The diameter
of the dial is 52mm. This is
a large compass compared to other compasses. This is to be considered as
extremely rare and has great value for the serious collector.