14357 Unusually Large Antique Nautical Compass by Blunt
This is a wonderful large early dry card, brass bowl, gimbaled compass with a sophisticated gimbaled pivoting mechanism. The compass dates to ca 1840ís to 50ís, having been sold by E. & G.W. Blunt who were at 179 Water St. New York between 1837 and 1872. A Bliss & Creighton label has been applied to the original compass card which may be seen to bear the Blunt name underneath. It was undoubtedly resold some time before 1853 by Bliss & Creighton who were in business at 42 Fulton Street, New York from 1835 to 1853, making and marketing chronometers and other items for navigational use. The sliding wood cover is missing. The compass is extraordinary and may be unique for its size. Diameter of the bowl is 12 inches, the card is 11 inches, and the box measures 15 in. x 15 in. x 10 in. It is in very good condition with some gesso loss to the glazing.