A Francis Barker hunter cased 'Scouting' pattern compass, dating from the last quarter of the 19th century. This particular compass appeared in many Barker catalogues, from the late 19th century until the 1920s. The later versions had luminous markers, which are not present in this earlier version. The paper card design is the distinctive Barker 'R.G.S.' pattern, which first appeared in production around 1875. This compass has a brass case (which would originally have had an 'oxidised' blackened finish), paper compass card, transit lock, jewelled pivot, and a paper sighting line inside the lid. The compass is in full working order and finds north well.
In good condition and full working order, with some minor marks and wear to the brass case. A small section of the paper sighting line inside the lid is missing.