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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*335528

Dimensions:
length 12.375 inches; needle 4.75 inches

Discussion:
This wooden compass was probably made in America around 1800. Its paper dial was undoubtedly made for use on a navigational instrument.

Further Information:

Compass

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