An Unusual Antique Compass, Mirror And Fold Out Binocular Lenses Gadget For Sale
An interesting little gadget, dating from the early twentieth century and made from cream colured celluloid and metal.
The object consists of a compass, with a mirror on the reverse (probably for signalling), and a set of fold-out eyepieces and lenses, which together form skeleton short range binoculars, as well as acting as magnifing glasses etc. The items had quite a range of uses.The barrel of the piece it slightly adjustable with a pull-out section for focussing the binocular lenses.The compassis in working order, although, due to age, it needs to be held very level and sometimes given a light tap to point the way (almost) correctly. It may not be totally accurate, again due to age, but is nearly so.The mirror has some light age wear. All the lenses seem to be free from noticeable scratches but are a little dirty. There is also some slight shrinkage of the celluloid frame away from the metal compass at the edges (I suspect it was used outsideon a hot day and this shrinkage occured due to the metal getting hot) - the item still functions as intended, but has been priced accordingly.
The piece is a real "steampunk" style gadget and looks great displayed.Length (in the "folded" position) is 3.2 inches (8.2 cm), diameter of compass is 1.6 inches (3.7 cm).
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