Burrough Dry Card Compass

Description
This compass has a turned wooden bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The inscription reads "R. S. BURROUGH." PROVIDENCE." It dates from around 1817 when Robert S. Burrough was in Providence, Rhode Island, selling and repairing nautical and other mathematical instruments.
Ref: Burrough’s advertisement in the New American Practical Navigator (1817).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass
date made
ca 1817
maker
Burrough, Robert S.
Measurements
overall: 8 in; 20.32 cm
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
ID Number
1992.0202.01
catalog number
1992.0202.01
accession number
1992.0202
subject
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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