Surveyor's Compass


This surveyor's compass, with a face reading clockwise, reflects a British rather than an American design. In Britain it would have been referred to as a “circumferentor.” The "W. & S. JONES 30 Holborn London" inscription refers to an instrument firm that was in business from 1791 to 1859, and at this address from 1800 to 1859.

Ref: Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 155.

Maker: W. & S. Jones

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London, City of London

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Related Publication: Clifton, Gloria and Gerard L. E. Turner. Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851

Credit Line: Bill D. Stribling

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.336705Accession Number: 1979.0770Catalog Number: 336705

Object Name: Surveyor's Compass

Measurements: overall length: 11 3/4 in; 29.845 cmneedle: 4 in; 10.16 cmoverall in box: 2 3/4 in x 12 in x 5 3/4 in; 6.985 cm x 30.48 cm x 14.605 cm


Record Id: nmah_997199

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