Gurley Surveyor's Compass

This resembles Gurley’s small vernier compass but has no vernier mechanism. The outer rim of the box is graduated to single degrees, and numbered every 10 degrees. The instrument can be used with the folding sights raised to the vertical, or with the sighting bar. In the latter case, the folding sights are folded towards each other, to form a tent, and the sighting bar attached on top. The sighting bar is equipped with a vertical circle graduated to single degrees. This form has not been found listed or described in any Gurley trade literature. The "W. & L. E. Gurley, Troy, N.Y." inscription was engraved by machine, dating it to after 1876.
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W. & L. E. Gurley
place made
United States: New York, Troy
needle: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
sighting bar: 9 in; 22.86 cm
vertical circle: 3 in; 7.62 cm
overall: 4 3/4 in x 10 1/16 in x 7 13/16 in; 12.065 cm x 25.55875 cm x 19.84375 cm
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Credit Line
UOP Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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