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B. K. Hagger & Son Surveyor's Compass

B. K. Hagger & Son Surveyor's Compass

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This surveyor's compass has an outkeeper on the north arm, and a level vial on each arm. The "B. K. Hagger & Son Makers, Baltimore" refers to a firm that flourished during the years 1824-1838.
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Object Name
Surveyor's Compasss
Surveyor's Compass
B. K. Hagger & Son
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
overall length: 16 in; 40.64 cm
needle: 5 3/4 in; 14.605 cm
overall; compass: 9 1/2 in x 16 in x 7 1/8 in; 24.13 cm x 40.64 cm x 18.0975 cm
overall; tube: 4 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 4.1275 cm
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Credit Line
Baldwin-Wallace College
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National Museum of American History
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