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Surveyor's Compass - click to enlarge

Surveyor's Compass - click to enlarge

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Surveyor's Compass

Catalogue number:
PH*326556

Inscriptions:
"B. Pike & Son. N. York" and "Warranted"

Dimensions:
length 14.625 inches; needle 6 inches

Discussion:

B. Pike & Son were in business during the years 1831-1841 and 1843-1849. In 1856, Benjamin Pike Jr. advertised an instrument of this sort, with a 6-inch needle and level vials on each arm, for $28 and $32.

Further Information:

Pike
Surveyor's Compass

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