Sighting Compass

Sighting Compass

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Description
The inscription on the dial of this compass reads “LEUPOLD-VOLPEL & CO. PORTLAND, ORE. PAT APLD. FOR." The case, front and back, is branded "FORESTRY M.S.U." and the front flap is stamped "109."
Frederick Leupold (born in Germany circa 1876) was in Boston by 1891. Adam Joseph Volpel (1874-1940) was born in Poland and came to the U.S. circa 1888. By 1911, the two men were in Portland, Oregon, trading as Leupold, Volpel & Co.
Ref: Frederick Leupold, “Surveyor’s Compass,” U.S. Patent 1,936,846 (Nov. 23, 1933), assigned to Leupold, Volpel & Co.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass
maker
Leupold, Volpel & Co.
place made
United States: Oregon, Portland
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 6 in x 2 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 15.24 cm x 5.715 cm
compass: 4 7/8 in x 5 in x 4 3/4 in; 12.3825 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.065 cm
overall: 5 1/2 in x 6 in x 2 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 15.24 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
1984.0636.04
catalog number
1984.0636.04
accession number
1984.0636
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