W. & S. Jones Surveyor's Compass

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
surveyor's compass
maker
W. & S. Jones
Measurements
overall length: 11 3/4 in; 29.845 cm
needle: 4 in; 10.16 cm
ID Number
PH*336705
accession number
1979.0770
catalog number
336705
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
maker referenced
Clifton, Gloria and Gerard L. E. Turner. Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851
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