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Dry mariner's compass was invented in Europe in 14th century and was standard compass placed in three-ring gimbals which held compass in horizontal position. A bearing compass is mounted in such a way that it allows the taking of bearings of objects.

This  dry compass feature a " fleur de Lys " on the North point of the print , so it is possibly an 18th piece , there is the  signature of MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD, PARIS, which bring me to think it was a display or memorabilia piece . Some artisan  could have used pieces from a Butterfield  sundial to mount the compass .

The mount is in the manner of early 19th terrestrial globe mount  futhermore bringing me to see  it as a demonstration piece , possibly as a teaching aid .

Size  H.24 x D .16 ( Horison band )  x Compass 6x 4 in. Paper with some small damage on the trim , some  restoration on the wood pedestal .

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Dry nautical Gimballed compass signed Butterfield Paris 18th/19th Fleur de Lys

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