Surveyor's Compass


The narrow bar, dovetails holding the vertical sights in place, and face that reads clockwise, suggest that this compass dates from the middle years of the 18th century, when its owner, a Quaker preacher named Benjamin Ferris, settled at Quaker Hill in Dutchess County, N. Y.

Ref: Conrad S. Ham, "A Family History of a Group of Surveying Instruments 1750 to the Present Year 1954," Annual Report of Proceedings of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers 70 (1954): 134-138.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Dutchess county

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Related Publication: Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers. Annual Report of Proceedings of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers

Credit Line: Conrad S. Ham

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0548.01Accession Number: 1983.0548Catalog Number: 1983.0548.01

Object Name: Surveyor's Compass

Measurements: overall length: 13 5/8 in; 34.6075 cmoverall in case: 2 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 34.29 cm x 14.605 cmoverall base: 3 3/4 in x 5 7/16 in; 9.525 cm x 13.81125 cm


Record Id: nmah_747353

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