Wall Surveyors' Vernier Compass

This is an usually large compass, with an unusual skeletal design. The rim is graduated to 30 minutes. The variation arc on the north arm extends 20 degrees either way, and is read by folded vernier to single minutes. Two level vials are on the south arm. The "Thos Wall Cleveland O." signature refers to Thomas Wall (1797-1854), an instrument maker who worked in Cleveland, Ohio, in the years 1845-1854.
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Object Name
date made
Wall, Thomas
overall length: 17 5/8 in; 44.7675 cm
needle: 6 7/8 in; 17.4625 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
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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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