Surveyor's Vernier Compass

Surveyor's Vernier Compass

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This surveyor's vernier compass is marked "Roach & Warner, N.Y." The variation arc on the north arm extends 20 degrees either way; the vernier is moved by a large screw on the south arm, and reads to 2 minutes. There is a level vial on each arm. John Roach and Henry Warner were in business together in New York for a few years around 1840, trading as Roach & Warner, and advertising surveying compasses and other instruments "of their own manufacture, warranted accurate and at lower prices than can be had at any other establishment."
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Object Name
surveyor's compass
date made
Roach & Warner
place made
United States: New York
overall length: 13 7/8 in; 35.2425 cm
needle: 5 in; 12.7 cm
overall: 8 1/8 in x 14 in x 5 7/8 in; 20.6375 cm x 35.56 cm x 14.9225 cm
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Surveying and Geodesy
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National Museum of American History
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