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Considered a hygienic alternative to wood, used by all classes. Some four-post brass beds were made, but most were half-tester or had curtains hung from side wings.
(Incidentally, as a button alternative, Mycenaeans of the Roman era invented the fibula, a surprisingly modern forerunner to our safety pin.
The button—with its self-contained roundness and infinite variability—has a quiet perfection to it.
Running a cascade of buttons through your fingers feels satisfyingly heavy, like coins or candy; their clicking whoosh and blur of colors lull you.
Fitted in a velvet lined mahogany case with folding sight vanes, it's signed on the dial 'EDWARD BRYAN, 24 CROSS STREET MANCHESTER'.
The English cross bar needle pivots on a gemstone bearing above the silvered dial under a clean, chip free glass crystal, and also has a lid axctivated transit lock.
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A very elegant brass cased explorer’s style compass with a separate push fit lid made by Francis Barker & Son around 1880, as evidenced by the small FBS logo within the Trademark London triangle, and printed on the card dial just below the North cardinal point.