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Francis Barker 'Shallow Hunter' Pocket Compass, c.1890

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A rare Francis Barker 'Shallow Hunter’ brass cased compass, dating from c.1890 to 1905. Although it does not have the distinctive 'TML' Barker trademark, the design was registered by Barker and was exclusive to that firm. Most of these compasses were supplied by Barker unsigned to the retail trade. This one is simply marked 'Made in England' on the dial. The design was known as a 'Shallow Hunter' because of the exceptionally slim case, which is only 10mm thick. It has a distinctive milled crown, English bar needle, jewelled pivot, and an automatic transit lock. An example of this type of compass can be seen on p.182 of Paul Crespel's excellent book, Trade Mark London, at


The compass is in very good condition and finds North very well. The push button crown opens the case and it shuts just as it should. The transit lock is present and working. The original glass is in very good condition. The aluminium compass card is in excellent condition. The case is in good condition, with some wear to the original gunmetal coloured oxidised finish. The oxidised finish inside the lid is in excellent condition.

Dimensions: 50mm diameter (70mm inc. crown & loop), 10mm depth