Pocket Compass

Description:

This pocket compass belonged to Spencer Fullerton Baird, the naturalist who served as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian. The inscription on the back reads “PATENTED MAY 6. 1862 / H. W. HUNTER / NEW YORK.” Hugh W. Hunter was in business by the mid-1850s, advertising as an optician, manufacturer, and importer of optical and mathematical instruments.

Ref: H. W. Hunter, “Improvement in Magnetic Compasses,” U.S. Patent 35,156 (May 6, 1862).

Maker: Hunter, Hugh W.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.284269Catalog Number: 284269Accession Number: 55865

Object Name: Pocket Compass

Measurements: overall: 9/16 in x 1 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 1.42875 cm x 4.1275 cm x 6.0325 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-52ff-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1816521

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