Merrill Dry Card Azimuth Compass

Description
This compass may have been used during the Civil War. It has a bright green card, a pair of vertical sights that can be aligned with astronomical (or true) north, and a mechanism that lifts the compass card off the pin. The inscription reads "U.S. NAVY / 21 ROBERT MERRILL / NEW YORK. XXI XXII." Robert Merrill (fl. 1838-1864) was the leading nautical instrument maker in the U.S. during the middle decades of the nineteenth century. The firm became Robert Merrill & Sons in 1865, and continued under similar names until 1923.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dry card azimuth compass
compass
date made
ca 1860
maker
Robert Merrill
Measurements
overall: 24 cm x 28.7 cm x 28.8 cm; 9 7/16 in x 11 5/16 in x 11 5/16 in
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1996.0350.01
accession number
1996.0350
catalog number
1996.0350.01
subject
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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