Gurley Surveyor's Compass

This compass has a 4-inch needle (the same "as is furnished with Gurley Precise Transits"), needle release, two folding sights, two levels on the face, and a jacob staff mounting. Gurley introduced this form in the 1920s, describing it as "an excellent and portable instrument for running lines through woods." This example belonged to the University of Missouri at Columbia. New, it cost $35. The signature reads "W. & L. E. GURLEY TROY, N.Y. U.S.A."
Ref: W. & L. E. Gurley, The Gurley Line (Troy, N.Y., 1929), p. 305.
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Object Name
surveyor's compass
W. & L. E. Gurley
needle: 4 in; 10.16 cm
place made
United States: New York, Troy
ID Number
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
W. & L. E. Gurley. Gurley Line
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