Dry Card Compass – Neuenstadt, Koningsberg (Kalinningrad – Russia), early 19th century
Attractive gimbaled dry card compass in a brass, yellow painted bowl. Wooden case of pine with sliding cover with dirty grey painted inside. Made by Georg Neuenstadt, Koningsberg, Germany (Kalinningrad, Russia). The inside of the bowl also dirty grey with four lubber’s lines.
The rose is made of lackered paper stiffed with mica and another layer of paper, which indicates an early compass. On the underside a strong and heavy needle and a name, difficult to read.
Strong and heavy needles are introduced in 1745 by Gowen Knight.
Date: around 1800
HWL case: 11×15,5×15,5 cm (4 3/8×6 1/8×6 1/8“)
D compass: 9,5 cm (3 4/8”)
Signed: GEORG NEUENSTADT in KONIGSBERG 18