B. Pike & Son Surveyor's Compass

This is marked "B. Pike & Son. N. York" and "Warranted." B. Pike & Son were in business during the years 1831–1841 and 1843–1849. In 1856, Benjamin Pike Jr. advertised compasses of this sort, with a 6–inch needle and level vials on each arm, for $28 and $32.
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Object Name
compass (surveyor's plain)
B. Pike & Son
overall length: 14 5/8 in; 37.1475 cm
needle: 6 in; 15.24 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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catalog number
accession number
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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