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Surveyor's Compass

Catalogue number:
PH*334887

Inscriptions:
"L. Colton, New York"

Dimensions:
length 14.5 inches; needle 5.25 inches

Discussion:

The floral decoration on the face of this compass is similar to that found on many other instruments made in New York around 1850. The rim is graduated every 30 minutes, and there is a north-south level vial on the north arm, and an east-west level vial on the south arm. As the tag on the south arm indicates, this compass belonged to the University of Pittsburgh.

Further Information:

Compass
Colton

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