The Boreal Arrow
Code BA13041422: J. H. Steward Hunter Compass c. 1920
This is an extremely rare hunter compass made by the famous J.H. Steward based in London. The compass dates from c. 1920. It has a nickel plated case in excellent condition without dings or dents. The case is made by the Dennison Watch Case Company. The lid springs open when the button is pushed. Inside the lid it is marked with serial number 5808. The same serial number is also engraved next to the bezel. The glass crystal is under a nice black bezel all in excellent condition without chips or scratches. The dial has also a nice Dennison design and is in excellent condition. It is marked J. H. STEWARD LTD. 406 STRAND, LONDON. The compass points North very precisely. The transit lock is also in working order. Very nice and rare example of a quality maker. Measure 46mm in diameter.
The case maker was Aaron Lufkin Dennison of Birmingham UK, he manufactured watch cases from late 1874 at 24 Villa Road, Handsworth UK. As part of the war effort he diversified into compass cases. He was originally the Managing Director of the American Waltham Watch Company in the USA, where he made the very first watch with interchangeable parts and produced watches of Railway quality. He was known as the Founding Father of the American Watch Making Industry.