ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS

  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS
  • ANTIQUE 1842 SILVER POCKET COMPASS

VERY RARE
ANTIQUE HALLMARKED SILVER
SMALL POCKET COMPASS
J &G SIMMS - LONDON - SILVER - 1842


A TRULY EXQUISITE SOLID SILVER ANTIQUE COMPASS IN WORKING AND MUSEUM CONDITION

ONLY FAULT IS THE TRANSIT LOCK LEVER HAS BROKEN OFF AT SOME TIME IN THE PAST, BUT THE COMPASS NEEDLE IS UNLOCKED AND FINDS NORTH PERFECTLY

ORIGINAL DOMED CRYSTAL IN PERFECT CONDITION

THE ENAMEL DIAL HAS NO HAIRLINE CRACKS OR CHIPS BUT HAS TWO TINY FOX MARKS BETWEEN NE AND NNE

ENGLISH BAR NEEDLE ON JEWELLED CAP

SILVER CASE IS FREE OF ANY DENTS

MOROCCO LEATH CASE IN MUSEUM CONDITION, LEATHER COMPLETELY INTACT, HINGE AND CLASP WORKING WELL, BLUE SILK AND VELVET LINING IN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT CONDITION

DIAMETER OF COMPASS EXCLUDING NECK AND RING: 32.37mm
DIAMETER OF MOROCCO LEATHER CASE: 39.62mm
OVERALL WEIGHT OF COMPASS WITHOUT LEATHER CASE: 31 grams

HISTORY:
FRANCIS BARKER SERVED HIS APPRENTICESHIP WITH jAMES AND GEORGE SIMMS. BY 1842 WHEN THIS COMPASS WAS MADE, FRANCIS BARKER HAD TAKEN OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE BUSINESS, AS THE BROTHERS SIMMS HAD RETIRED. WITHIN A FEW YEARS OF THE MANUFACTURE OF THIS COMPASS FRANCIS BARKER HAD ACQUIRED OWNERSHIP OF J&G SIMMS, AND THEN SOON AFTER THAT HE DISSOLVED THE NAME AND IN 1848 CREATED F BARKER & SON. ALTHOUGH THIS COMPASS IS HALLMARKED J & G SIMMS, IT WAS UNDOUBTEDLY MADE BY FRANCIS BARKER

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