This is an impressive example of a desktop mahogany compass, signed. Hughes & Son Ltd London. Founded in 1828, Henry Hughes was a prolific and highly respected instrument maker, later joined by his son Alexander Hughes in the late 19th century until the firm was incorporated as Henry Hughes and Son Ltd in 1903.
The black and white sunburst compass dial is in good, clean condition, has 32 cardinal and inter cardinal points with a full 360 degree scale, the black and steel needle pivots on a gemstone bearing under a clean glass crystal. Measuring 8"by 8" by 1½. 206mm x 206mm x 39mm. , it is a substantial compass, in very good condition, with only some light scratches on the the lid which fastens shut with two brass clasps.
In full working order finding North easily and weighing just under 900 grams, this is a quality antique compass from a prestigious maker. Please study the photos as they are part of the description, and I will be happy to answer any questions if I can.
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