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TELL-TALE CROWN COMPASS CA 1810

A very delicate brass-gilded Danish tell-tale compass.
On the glass dome in gilded inscription: ‘Kaperkutter Johanne von Kopenhagen 1810’ with a picture of a cutter under full sail.
Very delicate and whole compass chart.
The chart consists of a cartouche in the middle, surrounded by seven stars and a classic French lily pointing at the north.
Pictured in the stars are seven figures with the names of the stars in the solar system.
The chart is signed in the cartouche with the monogram ‘OPN: J.F.B. Oppen’ – a compass maker from Denmark ca 1794.
Fully complete with original gimballed suspension.
Diameter compass chart 13 cm.
The compass is in museum condition and in perfect working order.

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HANGING CROWN COMPASS J.M. KLEMAN AMSTERDAM, CA 1790

A very rare Dutch hanging tell-tale compass.
Signed by venerated Royal instrument maker Jan Maarten Kleman of Amsterdam.
Made by the end of the 18th century, ca 1790.
A very pretty instrument shaped like a king’s crown.
It’s fully intact and has the original gimballed suspension.
Very delicate and undamaged dry map.
The compass is of museum quality and is in perfect working order.
This type of compass (a.k.a. ‘The Spy’) used to hang in the captain’s hut above his bunk.
Lying in his bunk he could monitor the course of the ship.
Jan Maarten Kleman was an instrument manufacturer and purveyor the Royal Households of
King Louis Napoleon in 1808 and King William Frederic the First in 1815.

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A MARINER’ S TELL - TALE COMPASS BY ISAAC BRADFORD CA. 1790

A very rare gimballed hanging tell-tale compass.
Made and signed by Isaac Bradford of London.
The compass casing is made in a very warm shade of red, adorned with gilded flower motives.
The compass has a museum quality and is in perfect working order.
This type of compass used to hang in the captain’s hut above his bunk.
When the first-in-command went for a rest he could keep an eye on the ship’s course while lying down.

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BINNACLE BOAT COMPASS  DENT & CO 19TH CENTURY

A very charming and rare lantern compass by the well known English firm Dent.
Dent was especially known for its beautiful patented spirit compasses.
This nice compass still has the original description on the inside.
The whole is executed in a warm red copper hue with a facet polished glass window on the front.
In the folding door between the burner and the compass there is a glass window too.
Made with reflection shield for the lantern and various accessories.
In the drawer you’ll find the original spare fuses and polishing product.
Complete with the original cask filler to fill the compass.
The cask filler could also be used to fill the lantern with oil.
Museum quality, entirely complete, no air bubbles, in perfect working order.

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