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The distinctive floating card dial pivots on a gemstone bearing and has the words ‘SINGER’S PATENT’ printed under the south point.

The gimbal ring is mounted on a removable flat panel and the case has a sliding lid which has a small piece missing on one corner.

Measuring 170mm x 33mm x 20mm, it weighs 450 grams in its case and is in good working order as well as excellent cosmetic condition.

A large 19th century gimbal mounted mariners compass of impressive proportions.

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Signed 'Buron Paris' the business was first established in 1788 by Buron and later carried on by his optician son from 1818 onwards who worked closely with Lerebours on landscape lenses for Daguerreotype cameras, and became a Knight of the Royal Order of the Legion d'Honneur in 1844.

The attractive floating dial is in very good legible condition, pivoting on a jewelled bearing and housed under a clean glass crystal.

The lacquered brass case is also in very good condition, still having most of its original lacquer, albeit with some minor surface tarnishing but no dents, and has its original push on protective brass lid.

It dates to the third quarter of the 19th century and the compass is in good working order easily finding North.

A quirky but decorative item, the compass bowl is just 70mm in diameter, and the case measures 165mm long by 110mm wide and 55mm deep.

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