~A GOOD EUROPEAN MINER’S COMPASS-32 HOURS, c.1830~
250 GBP ($300 USD) + postage
A good European miner's compass divided into 32 hour increments, made for the English market
14 x 10 x 2 cm.
Country of manufacture
A good silvered miner’s compass divided into 32 hours with four cardinal points. The four engraved points are NW, NE, SW, SE with North at 24 hours and South at 8 hours. Each hour representing 11.25 degrees and are further subdivided on the raised hour ring. European in origin but made for the English market, the construction of the hinges and hooks of the mahogany case would indicate it is of early construction c.1830. The 8 cm. silvered dial is in fine condition with ornate compass needle and chiselled, brass pivot point. The flame mahogany case measures 14 x 10 x 2 cm. with bold brass hinges and hooks (one hook missing it’s tip). There is a chip in the glass at 8 hours (S). Magnetically, it still points North. Unsigned.
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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).
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