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Code BA140313517: DIXEY Silver Hunter Compass, Hallmarked London 1872

This is a rare full hunter compass made by the famous DIXEY, London in 1872. It comes in a sterling silver case hallmarked for London 1872. The are several hallmarks on the case: The bow is stamped with a Lion Passant. The Pendant is hallmarked with a Lion Passant and the letterw. Inside the front lid it is hallmarked with the maker's initials B. A. G., a Lion Passant and the letter r. Inside the case, it is hallmarked with maker's initials B. A. G., a Lion Passant, Lion Head, Queen's Head, and letter r. The case is engine turned and still in excellent condition with only few signs of use. It has a strong hinge and the lid springs open to a right angle when the push button is pressed. It has a monogram on the lid representing the letter B and a CROWN above, which suggests that this compass was owned by an important person. The dial is painted Mother-Of-Pearl and is still in excellent condition showing nice colours when exposed to light. It is signed DIXEY, 3 NEW BOND St., LONDON. It is also marked SINGER S PATENT and numbered 16247. It features a Lyre and Sun at North. It has a jewelled brass cap and finds North precisely. When the lid is closed a transit lock freezes the dial to avoid undue wear to the pivot. The dial is covered with a bevelled glass crystal still in excellent condition. The diameter of the case is 45mm excluding the pendant and the ring. This is a rare and nice compass for the serious collector.