Pocket Compass


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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