~FINE AND RARE 5 3/4 INCH POCKET COMPASS-J. & W. WATKINS~

~FINE AND RARE 5 3/4 INCH POCKET COMPASS-J. & W. WATKINS~

795 USD (695 GBP)

A fine Georgian pocket compass with a rare signature c.1790

Dimensions

5 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 1 1/4

Circa

1790

Maker

J. & W. Watkins

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Office Antiques, Tools, Navigational instruments, Surveying Instruments & Mining, Engineering antiques

Description

A fine 5 3/4 inch square Georgian pocket compass with a rare partnership signature c.1790.

Bright silvered dial with NO degradation and a rare signature of J. & W. Watkins, Charing Crofs, London.

Inner portion with 4 cardinal points/four quadrants and engine divided from 0-90 degrees in one degree increments. Outer portion raised and engine divided in the opposite direction i.e 360-0 degrees. Original glass, heavy screw hinges and L-hooks in a fabulous flame mahogany case without fault. The trip lever for the central jeweled compass pivot is working and the needle points North.

Jeremiah and Walter Watkins were in a limited partnership from 1784-1798.

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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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