Kern-Danner Surveyor's Compass

Description
This compass is marked "S. Kern Inventor" and "J. S. Danner Maker, Middletown, Va." On July 31, 1846, Samuel Kern of Strasburg, Va., obtained a patent (#4,675) for an instrument meant to be "at once cheap and efficient, enabling one to use it as a compass for running lines, or for leveling, as may be required." A trough compass, level vial, and outkeeper are inset into the face. The edge of the face is graduated to 30 minutes, and numbered in quadrants from north and south. Jacob Sensensy Danner (1807-1877) lived in Middletown, Va., and made instruments for surveyors.
Ref: Charles Smart, The Makers of Surveying Instruments in America Since 1700 (Troy, N.Y., 1962), p. 35.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
surveyor's compass
inventor
Kern, Samuel
maker
Danner, Jacob Sensensy
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in; 13.97 cm
ID Number
PH*312873
catalog number
312873
accession number
170227
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
cited
Smart, Charles E.. Makers of Surveying Instruments in America Since 1700

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