Surveyor's Compass

Surveyor's Compass

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Surveyor's Compass
maker
B. Pike & Sons
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Measurements
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
ID Number
PH.316585
accession number
225752
catalog number
316585
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National Museum of American History
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