W. & S. Jones Surveyor's Compass

This compass, with a face reading clockwise, reflects a British rather than an American design. In Britain it would have been referred to as a “circumferentor.” The "W. & S. JONES 30 Holborn London" signature refers to a firm that was in business from 1791 to 1859, and at this address from 1800 to 1859.
Ref: Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 155.
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W. & S. Jones
overall length: 11 3/4 in; 29.845 cm
needle: 4 in; 10.16 cm
overall in box: 2 3/4 in x 12 in x 5 3/4 in; 6.985 cm x 30.48 cm x 14.605 cm
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Bill D. Stribling
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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