Antique c 1910 Negretti Zambra Prospector's Compass 12777. Rare. Case
An unusual early twentieth century'Prospector's' compass which I believe to date to around 1905 / 1910 and to be made from solid brass and enamelled in black. Francis Barker's catalogue as being suitable for "travellers, prospectors, botanists, etc, " the magnifying glass useful for reading maps, examining plants, rocks, etc, and lighting fires. The hinged lid houses a powerful magnifying glass, the back of the compass signed by this first rate maker Negretti & Zambra, London / Pat. 12777 / Made In England. The side of the case has a lever to lock the transit when not in use. The compass comes complete with the original leather case in excellent condition and having done a wonderful job protecting the compass. The dark brown leather pouch bears the name "Negretti & Zambra, London" in gold block to inside flap. The original owner's initials (R W-S) are on the flap. Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep.
In wonderful original condition, the powerful magnifying glass free from scratches and chips, the lacquered case has almost all its original finish with only a few very minor signs of wear. The compass needle swings freely. However, the inner glass has one curved crack, which is shown clearly in the photographs. I can see no other damage, but please use the photographs as a condition report as I have no specialist knowledge.
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The seller is "cuba226" and is located in Cheshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Period: 1901 to 1950
- Material: Brass and enamel
- Type: Compass