RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850

  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850
  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850
  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850
  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850
  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850
  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850
  • RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850

RARE ANTIQUE COMPASS
BY JAMES PARKES
Birmingham 1839-1862
EYEBALL TRADE MARK

Very rare pocket compass by English maker, James Parkes (Jas. Parkes), who worked at 5 St. Mary's Row, Birmingham, from 1839 until 1862

The compass is in perfect mechanical condition, the jewel capped bar needle finds north immediately, the transit lock engages when the lid is pressed on, and releases when the lid is removed, and the original glass is free of chips, cracks and scratches, and the lid fits nice and tightly. The original paper dial has no stains or foxing - diameter of base 49.2mm

The original lacquer is about 75% intact. There are areas on the lid and base where the lacquer has worn away revealing the brass beneath. The remaining lacquer could be easily polished off, leaving a shiny brass case. The lid could also be engraved

Compasses by Jas. Parkes with the circa 1850 eyeball trade mark are quite rare

Versions

RARE JAS. PARKES POCKET COMPASS c1850

P426
£185.00