This mid 19th century brass prismatic sighting compass made by Elliott Brothers is signed'ELLIOTT BROS, CHARING CROSS, LONDON' on the dial around the pivot. The founder William Elliott formed a partnership with his sons Frederick and Charles in 1850 and the firm became known as Elliott & Sons, the name later changing to Elliott Bros from 1854 after William retired in 1853. In full working order including the transit lock activated by the folding sight vane, the cosmetic condition is good, with a clean crystal under which the floating green card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing. The fitted lid and underside is inscribed with an issue number of'365' and doubles as a stand when attached to the base.
A quality antique instrument measuring 75mm in diameter it comes in a leather case which is also in good condition with some repairs to the straps. The case has the number 254 imprinted along with some lettering, possibly of a previous owner but difficult to read. The compass and case together weigh just under 300 grams. 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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