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Georgian Mahogany Pocket Compass c.1825

Georgian Mahogany Pocket Compass c.1825

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A Georgian mahogany cased pocket compass dating from around 1820-1840. This type of wood cased compass was produced from the end of the 18th century to the mid-19th century. This example has a typically ornate Georgian style of compass card design. It also has the  distinctive, delicate and finely balanced blued compass needle, with gilt North and South points. The hand-made triangular hinges also point to it being a Georgian rather than Victorian compass. The compass is in working order and finds North well. With a hand drawn paper card, flat blued needle, and 'crown' pivot. It would originally have had a transit lock, operated by a small pin and lever when the lid is closed, but the lever has been removed at some time in the past.


In good condition, in working order, with just the normal signs of age and use. It points strongly to North. The glass is in good condition. There are some marks to the paper compass card, and some wear to the blued finish of the needle. The gilt North and South markers remain in good condition. The lid closes well and is secured by a '7' shaped clasp.

Dimensions: 65mm x 65mm x 20mm