Bearing Circle


A bearing circle fits over a magnetic compass and provides a means of taking sights. This example was made for use during World War II. One inscription reads "U.S. NAVY BEARING CIRCLE / MARK 1 MOD. 2 BU SHIPS N 14768 1942." Another reads “THE LIONEL CORPORATION N.Y.”

The Lionel Manufacturing Company was established in New York City, in 1900, by Joshua Lionel Cowen (1877-1965), an inventor who was born to Jewish immigrants from German lands, and who changed his name to Cohen in 1910. During World War II, the Lionel Corp. was reported to be “wholly engaged in making navigational instrument for the U.S. Navy.”

Date Made: 1942

Maker: Lionel Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0245.03Catalog Number: 1983.0245.03Accession Number: 1983.0245

Object Name: bearing circle

Measurements: overall: 4 1/8 in x 11 5/8 in x 11 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 29.5275 cm x 29.21 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167849

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