19TH CENTURY CASED COMPASS – NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, OCCIDENT

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Item Code: 490-3988

A nice mahogany cased pocket compass, in excellent original condition, likely dating from 19th century.

This example has a metal compass card with degree lines around parameter. Typical “N”, “S”, and “E” points of the compass with “O” in place of the usual “W”. This is from Old French “occident,” and from Latin occidentem ("western sky, part of the sky in which the sun sets"). Traces of an illuminate remains in recessed holes at the four main points. It has a finely balanced compass needle and a “pointer” arrow. All housed in a rotating brass case with beveled glass top.

A brass piano style hinge and a pair of brass closing hooks are used on the wood case. A transit lock is operated by a small pin and lever when the lid is closed.

The compass is in full working order and finds North well. [jet] [ph:L]

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