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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*337072

Dimensions:
length 16 inches; needle 5.5 inches

Discussion:

This compass may date from the fourth quarter of the 18th century. Although the bar holding the vertical sights is straight and narrow, the face reads counter clockwise. The needle rim is graduated to single degrees, and numbered in quadrants from North and South.

Further Information:

Compass

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