THE "HOLY GRAIL" OF COMPASSES
STUNNING, UNIQUE AND
SOLID 18ct GOLD
ANTIQUE POCKET COMPASS
SOLID 18ct GOLD SPRING HUNTER CASE
MOTHER OF PEARL SINGER'S PATENT CARD
Walter Thornhill & Co.
New Bond Street, London
Manufacturer to the Royal Family
Diameter excluding hinge and bow: 55mm
Mother of pearl card (floating dial) on jewelled cap
Lid springs fully open when button is pressed, and closes firmly, engaging the transit lock, which blocks the mother of pearl card from rattling and protects the jewelled cap
Recessed hinge and original crystal all in perfect condition
Fully hallmarked on bow, stem, inside lid, and back of case
Monogrammed on lid - 3 intertwined letters:
but the other possible combinations, EBC, CEB, CBE, BEC or BCE could be appropriate for a future owner
Engraved inside lid "XMAS 1878"
(The Xmas abbreviation first appeared in manuscripts dating to the 16th century)
This compass was presented, as a Christmas present, to Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875 - 1956) by his father when Edmund was a child.
E. C. BENTLEY
E. C. BENTLEY was President of the DETECTION CLUB from 1936 until 1949. He was a famous novelist and humorist, and wrote the Trent series of detective novels. His only son, NICOLAS BENTLEY, died in 1978, and I have not yet been able to trace Nicolas' only child, Arabella, born in 1943, but she would be in her 70s by now, if she is still alive. This compass first appeared at auction in the past couple of years, so it is possible that it was part of an estate sale.
This compass is almost like the day it was made, 136 years ago. It is the only one of its type I have ever seen, and I have never seen such a compass in period catalogues, brochures or price lists. I am of the opinion that this compass was specially commissioned, and made to order. It is unique. Edmund's parents were wealthy, and Edmund had a privileged upbringing and education.
This compass is one of a kind, and this is the only chance somebody is ever likely to have to own this very regal instrument
18 carat gold is very difficult to photograph. The compass is much more beautiful than the photographs can possibly show
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