Keuffel & Esser Forester's and Geologist's Compass

This is an aluminum compass with brass sights. The raised rim and beveled outer ring are graduated every degree, numbered every 10 degrees in quadrants from north and south, and adjustable for variation. The western half of the face is graduated to degrees, and equipped with a pendulum clinometer pivoted at the center. There is a circular level vial at NE. The four beveled edges of the plate are graduated, one to inches and tenths, one to inches and eighths, and two as protractors. The back of the plate has a diagram showing the arrangement of township numbering. The inscriptions read "KEUFFEL & ESSER CO NEW YORK" and "U.S. INDIAN FOREST SERVICE" and "32712." Keuffel & Esser noted that they had made many instruments of this sort for the United States Forest Service. The serial number indicates a date of around 1916.
Ref: Keuffel & Esser, Catalogue (New York, 1927), p. 424.
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass (pocket)
Keuffel & Esser Co.
overall: 4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 11.43 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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