B. K. Hagger & Son Surveyor's Compass

This compass has an outkeeper on the north arm, and a level vial on each arm. The "B. K. Hagger & Son Makers, Baltimore" refers to a firm that did business during the period 1824-1838. It belonged to Baldwin University (later Baldwin-Wallace College) in Berea, Ohio.
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass (surveyors' plain)
B. K. Hagger & Son
overall length: 16 in; 40.64 cm
needle: 5 3/4 in; 14.605 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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