~UNUSUAL FOLDING TROUGH COMPASS by BRYSON of EDINBURGH~(ON HOLD)
An unusual, signed trough compass on a folding plate with cardinal points c.1880.
4 x 1/2 inch
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
A fine and unusual trough compass by Bryson of Edinburgh c. 1880. Beautifully engraved with cardinal points, the compass measures deflection + or – 5 degrees. Probably intended for plane table surveying but with an unusual capacity to fold in half for the pocket. Hinged on both sides with a trapezoidal base, it is quite elegant. The compass unlocks by a sliding bar internally and by a pin externally. Four inch diameter in bright brass and original lacquer. Fine.
Robert Bryson (optician) was working at various addresses in Edinburgh from 1865-1895.
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