B. Pike & Sons Surveyor's Compass

Description
This unusually small compass would not have been used by professional surveyors. But it might have been used by farmers wishing to lay out their lands. The signature reads "B. Pike & Sons 166 Broadway, N.Y." B. Pike & Sons were in business at this address during the years 1841–1843 and 1850–1855.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass (surveyor's plain)
maker
B. Pike & Sons
Measurements
overall length: 10 1/2 in; 26.67 cm
needle: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
PH*316585
accession number
225752
catalog number
316585
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Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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