A Georgian wood cased compass, made around 1820-1840. This type of wood cased compass was produced from around 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 good working order and finds North well. With a hand drawn paper card, flat blued needle, and 'crown' pivot. The automatic transit lock, operated by a small pin and lever when the lid is closed, is present but not working - it is in the unlocked position, so has no effect on the functioning of the compass.
In very good, original condition, working order, and just the normal signs of age and use. It finds North well. The transit lock is not working.