Surveyor's Compass

Surveyor's Compass

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This unusually small compass would probably not have been used by professional surveyors. But it might have been used by farmers wishing to lay out their lands. The "B. Pike & Sons 166 Broadway, N.Y." signature refers to a firm that was in business at this address during the years 1841–1843 and 1850–1855.
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Object Name
Surveyor's Compass
B. Pike & Sons
place made
United States: New York, New York City
overall length: 10 1/2 in; 26.67 cm
needle: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
overall: 2 7/8 in x 10 7/8 in x 5 11/16 in; 7.3025 cm x 27.6225 cm x 14.44625 cm
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National Museum of American History
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