A Dutch compass in mahogany case. The box got a label with the text: “De gouden bril – Hilversum – J.H. Smit-Duyzentkunst – Opticien – Kerkstraat 67”. There is no makers name on the compass and has an integral needle lock on the side of the brass Compass. Dial has been inscribed in flowing script ‘N – NO – O – ZO – Z – ZW – W – NW with an arrow with the point to north. There is also a scale with 360 degrees. Compass shows some darkened age spots, On the back you see a less oxidation incase of the green velvet on the bottom of the box. Measurements box 15 x 15 x 3cm and in good working condition.
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.