The Boreal Arrow
Code BA140530528: Solid Silver Hunter Cased Compass by Dennison, 1913
|This is a rare compass made by Aaron Lufkin Dennison in 1913. The case is made of solid silver and has several silver hallmarks: The maker's initials are A.L.D.The lion mark indicates that it is Sterling Silver. It has a tight bow also marked with the lion mark.The letter O corresponds to the year 1913. It is also marked with serial number 62704 A. There are hallmarks: inside the front lid, on the ring and on the pendant. The case is still in excellent condition with only normal signs of use. No damage. When the button is pushed the front lid springs open to a right angle. Bevelled glass crystal is in excellent condition. The compass has a nice SINGER PATENT floating dial with a jewelled brass cap. In full working order and finding North precisely, with strong hinge. Size 35mm in diameter (size of a coin holder) excluding the pendant and ring. Quality and rare compass.
The case maker was Aaron Lufkin Dennison of Birmingham UK, he manufactured watch cases from late 1874 at 24 Villa Road, Handsworth UK. As part of the war effort he diversified into compass cases. He was originally the Managing Director of the American Waltham Watch Company in the USA, where he made the very first watch with interchangeable parts and produced watches of Railway quality. He was known as the Founding Father of the American Watch Making Industry.