In full working order, including a transit lock, it measures 45mm in diameter, not including the stem.
A near 100 year old example from the most prolific maker of this style of compass.
A fine example of a full hunter cased pocket watch style compass, with a gemstone pivot floating dial, and set in a nickel plated Dennison case which is stamped Dennison Watch Case Co inside the base cover.
Although not signed by any maker, it was probably made by Francis Barker in the pre WW2 period, and is the MK VII version which was the last model of the hunter cased pocket watch style designs that were developed during WW1 for British Army Officers.
It still has its anti slip rubber ring on the underside, which is so often missing on these compasses, and comes with a leather case which is also in good condition.
In good working order, a genuine piece of Britain's WW1 history.
Although the lacquered brass case does have some minor lacquer loss on the lid, it is free of any dents or deformities.
This is an antique compass of high quality in very good condition and in full working order. This is a WW2 full hunter cased British Army Officers pocket compass, engraved 'MK VI 1940, F Barker &Son (1932) Ltd, London, B 5961' on the lid and also has the War department military arrow, which shows it was issued to the field.
An iconic WW1 British Army Officers MK VI pocket compass, engraved Dennison Birmingham VI, 81033, 1918, and with the military arrow on the lid, showing it was issued in to service.
The full hunter case is in good condition retaining all its original nickel plating, and the clean undamaged bevelled glass crystal covers an attractive jewelled bearing floating dial.
Complimented by the small hand made hinges & fastened with an elegant 7 shaped brass clasp, the paper compass rose is divided into degrees showing all the points of the compass with a fleur de lys for North, & despite some minor age foxing is in relatively clean condition for a compass which is close to 200 years old.