B. Pike & Sons Surveyor's Compass

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.
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Object Name
compass (surveyor's plain)
B. Pike & Sons
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
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Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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