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probably made in London

Postcard of Compass.
© National Museums Scotland


This brass marine compass dates from around 1870. It was retailed by David Stalker, a nautical instrument maker based in Leith, but was probably manufactured in London by G. Whitbread.

The compass has fixed sights and is engraved around the rim 'G. Whitbread London'. It is housed in a glazed and weighted brass bowl. The compass card is signed 'D. STALKER/LEITH/ Quadrant, Compass & Telescope Maker/ 9 Commercial Place'.

David Stalker was born in Leith around 1830, son of a master sailmaker. He set up in business in 1855 in Commercial Street and continued to trade there until his death in 1895.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-834-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1987.156
Date: Around 1870
c. 1870
Material: Brass. Inscription: D. STALKER // Quadrant, Compass & Telescope Maker / 9, Commercial Place; / LEITH.; G. Whitbread London
Dimensions: 210 mm x 200 mm x 235 mm
What: Compass, dry card bearing
Who: David Stalker, 9 Commercial Place, Leith (Retailer)
G. Whitbread, London (Maker)
The Leith Nautical College Collection
Where: England, London
Scotland, Midlothian, Leith
Description: Dry card bearing compass, by G. Whitbread of London, retailed by David Stalker of Leith, c. 1870
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. pp 108-9 
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