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Antique French Pocket Compass, Circa 1860


Offered for sale is an antique French Compass, with silvered face, blue needle, marked on the face "made in France', with ring, measuring 2"(5.1 cm) in diameter. We believe the face is silvered and is French (obviously) and is circa about 1860.

Provenance: Christie's So. Kensington,1992

The instrument is a nice and very rare most likely 18th Century, probably 1860s, antique compass with many engravings and digits all made with niello. An important piece to all nautical collectors as well as to watch and timepiece collectors. The instrument is in remarkably fine condition, and working order with a crisp clear inside, and could use a polish or shine, given it's decades of aging and tarnish. The patina is as found. This portable compass is a fantastic antique ship navigation instrument and time piece, and makes a great display when positioned in a prominent place in the antique scientific instrument of a discriminating collector's prized accumulation.

P>Lit: Antique Scientific Instruments, by John Fitzmaurice Mills, Aurum Press

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This product would make a wonderful addition to any scientific instrument collection when displayed in a prominent place, being a grand collectible item that would adorn any serious collector's prized scientific instrument and accumulations, while showing a discriminating dedication for fine other scientific instrument items as well as a devotion to acquiring fine collectibles.

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  • Model: Antique French Silvered Compass

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 31 July, 2014.

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