MKIII F.Barker WWII Prismatic Marching Compass Liquid Filled T.G.Co Ltd Antique

MKIII F.Barker WWII Prismatic Marching Compass Liquid Filled T.G.Co Ltd Antique




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UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Surveying Instruments & Mining


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Original WWII British military issue broad arrow marked F. Barker & Son Mark III liquid filled prismatic marching compass.
Marked on the base
No B316782
1945 MKIII
Black painted brass body, liquid filled with no bubbles, mother of pearl moving dial compass.
Good clear magnified prism dial viewer.
Screw clamped setting top dial.

Some paint loss and light oxidation.
All in very good sound condition and good working order.

Diameter 2.38″ or 60mm, weight 283 grams.

T.G. Co. Ltd. was the abbreviation used by The Gramophone Company.
This firm merged with its subsidiary His Master’s Voice (2/3) and with Columbia Gramophone Co. (1/3) in 1931 to become EMI (Electric & Musical Industries) who continued to use “The Gramophone Co.” trademark for various items, changing it for the War contracts to just T.G. Co. Ltd.
In reality, F. Barker & Son built these compasses since they all carry the B prefix to the serial number.

T. G. Co. disappeared as soon as WW2 finished.
This company name was probably used to keep secret the manufacturer’s real identity.
Guaranteed old and original.

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GB Cog Scientific

As a fine art sculpture graduate I have applied my appreciation and understanding of form and function to my lifelong professional career in the antiques trade. Over forty years dealing in what I considered worthy, within the fields of decorative arts and sciences, I have always purchased over a wide spectrum and look forward to offering an exciting variety of stimulating pieces.

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