A very good early example of a Francis Barker desk or presentation compass, dating from around 1890-1930. The compass is clearly signed on the card with the distinctive 'Trade Mark London' Barker logo. The reversed letter 'S' that forms part of the logo dates the compass to sometime after 1875, as this style of logo was adopted after Francis Barker's death in 1875. The compass has a jewelled pivot, paper compass card, and aluminium case. This large type of desk or 'presentation' compass was originally produced by Francis Barker in the 19th century, and later versions continued in production until quite recently. Often used as an educational compass, details of the original wooden cased design and later developments can be found in Paul Crespel's excellent book Trade Mark London and at the trademarklondon.com website.
In good condition and full working order, it finds North very well. There is some very minor wear to the case. The glass, compass card and needle are all in good condition.