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Pocket Compass - click to enlarge

Pocket Compass - click to enlarge

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Pocket Compass

Catalogue number:
PH*336758

Dimensions:
3.635 inches square

Discussion:

This mahogany compass has an inset paper card with 32 points that was probably made for a nautical use. The outer edge of the card is graduated every degree, and numbered every 10 degrees in quadrants from north and south. Joseph McClellan (d. 1834), a captain in the Continental Army, is said to have carried this compass during the Revolutionary War.

Further Information:

Compass (pocket)

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