Pocket Compass

Description
The cardinal points of this compass are lettered N, W, S, and O, probably indicating that it was made in Germany. The raised rim is graduated to 15 minutes of time, and numbered counterclockwise, twice, in hours from 1 to 12. One side of the face is graduated to degrees, numbered every 20 degrees from O to N and from O to S. A pendulum clinometer is pivoted at the center. The "Dr F. M. Endlich" signature refers to Frederic Miller Endlich (1851–1899), a mineralogist at the Smithsonian Institution who served as an assistant on the Hayden geological surveys in the American West in the 1870s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass (pocket)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 in; 8.255 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
PH*316738
catalog number
316738
accession number
228301
subject
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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