The Captains face was shaved clean but his imperial mutton chops waved in the sea breeze as he scanned the horizon, his bold chin was set firm, his eyes narrowed. He pulled on the thick gold chain attached to his vest and removed a red leather case with a gold bale protruding from it’s top. Opening the case, he revealed a large and very precise compass, he removed it and stashed the case back into his pocket, noting the admiring glances aimed his way that always accompanied this move. The beautiful, large, crystal and gold compass had been carefully hand made by the renowned firm of Francis Barker and Son and it had been a gift from his wife, Victoria. It was she and their two sons who were his true pride and joy, but this compass was a close fourth and it always made him think of her and smile. Her joy on that Christmas morning when he had unwrapped it was a large part of the reason that he cherished it so dearly.
This fantastic gold compass was so amazing that I snapped it up instantly. Nestled into its original fitted box, the large compass is hand crafted in rock crystal and 9 karat gold with a fantastic large needle and hand painted dial with degrees of azimuth. The compass’s bale protrudes from the case so that it could be worn whilst still being protected by the hand crafted leather case, this has kept it in pristine condition for it’s over 150 years of life.
Hand crafted by the firm of Francis Barker and Son, Limited, a company known more for making compasses than for making jewelry, it is fully hallmarked with the marks for 9 karat gold, the leopard head showing that it was made in London, England and the date code d for 1859. This wonderful pendant measures 58.1 mm north to south and 38.9 mm across when outside of it’s case and weighs 23.8 grams (or 37.4 grams inside the case).
The Victorians prized compasses as both a practical tool and a love token, so that you could always find your way back to the one you love, but this wonderful compass is much a tool as it is a wearable piece of art. It would look fabulous hanging around your neck from a heavy gold watch chain as we’ve shown it here.
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