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THE "HOLY GRAIL" OF COMPASSES

STUNNING, UNIQUE AND EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL SOLID 18ct GOLD ANTIQUE POCKET COMPASS

Solid 18ct gold spring hunter case.  Mother of Pearl Singer's Patent card on jewelled cap.

Hallmarked - 18ct gold, London, Maker's Mark W.T. and dated 1878

The maker, Walter Thornhill & Co., traded from New Bond Street, London, and had the Royal Warrant "Manufacturer to the Royal Family".

Dimensions:  Diameter excluding hinge and bow: 55mm - weight 95g (melt weight at time of writing is around GBP 2000)

Mother of Pearl card (floating dial) on jewelled cap.

The lid springs fully open when the button is pressed, and closes firmly, engaging the fully functioning transit lock that prevents the mother of pearl card from rattling, and protects the jewelled cap.

The recessed hinge and original glass are in perfect condition

The compass is fully hallmarked on the bow, the stem, inside the lid and on the back of the case.

This compass is almost like the day it was made, nearly 140 years ago.  It is the only one of its type I have ever seen, and such a compass does not appear in any of the period catalogues, brochures or price lists.  I believe this compass was specially commissioned and made to order by the Royal Jewellers.  It is unique.  Edmund's parents were wealthy, and he 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.

18ct gold is very difficult to photograph.  The compass is much more beautiful than the photographs can possibly show.

Monogrammed on the lid - 3 entwined letters:  E C B.  Engraved inside the lid "XMAS 1878" (The Xmas abbreviation first appeared in manuscripts dating to the 16th century).

This compass was a Christmas present to Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) from his father, when Edmund was a young child.  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 been able to trace Nicolas' only child, Arabella, born in 1943, but she would be nearing 80 years old now, if she is still alive.  This compass first appeared in auction around 2013, so it's possible it was part of an estate sale.

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PRICE GBP 3485

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