Brass Surveyor's Compass, 5 3/4" silvered dial engraved Benjamin Pike Jr., 294 Broadway, N.Y. , with cardinal points in block letters, fleur-de-lis representing north. Two spirit levels; sighting vanes in the original fitted mahogany box with brass escutcheon. Compass – 15 1/2" L. Case – 4 1/2" H x 16 1/2" W x 8" D. Note: Benjamin Pike, Jr. was born in New York City in 1809 and died in 1864. He was the eldest son of Benjamin Pike, Sr., optician. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: Lacking cover, tiny edge chip to glass has allowed some dust to settle on dial and we have not attempted to clean it; functionality not confirmed or guaranteed. Some wooden parts of the interior case have come loose. Case exterior has several minor scratches, abrasions and stains.
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