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Vintage Francis Barker Educational Desk Compass

Vintage Francis Barker Desk Compass

Price £65.00 Sale

An excellent example of a Francis Barker educational or desk compass, dating from around the 1980's. In its original box, the compass is in near mint condition and does not appear to have been used. With a jewelled pivot, blued needle, black painted aluminium case, and paper compass card. Educational compasses were first produced by Barker in the late 19th century. This compass is similar to the early versions, with the major differences being that the 19th century ones had a turned wooden case rather than the aluminium case found in this model. The shape and design of the case led to this compass being known as 'The Dog's Bowl'. Details of Barker's educational compasses can be found in Paul Crespel's excellent book Trade mark London, (p.152) at


In excellent, near mint condition and full working order. The glass is unmarked and the aluminium case is in exellent condition, with just a couple of very minor marks. The original cardboard box is in good condition.

Dimensions: 170mm diameter