Peregrine White (1747-1834), a namesake and direct descendant of the first European
child born in Cape Cod Harbor in 1620, was a clockmaker in Woodstock, Connecticut. This
compass probably dates from around 1800. Like the Lamb compass in the collection, the vertical
sights fold down when not in use. Like the Harland compass, this one has no direction letters
and so can be read either clockwise or counterclockwise. There is a level vial on each arm.
Ref: Silvio A. Bedini, Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers (Washington,
D.C., 1964), pp. 47-48.