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This instrument dates to the period 1840 to 1850 and is completely original. I will add a new cover for shipping.

EARLY MERRILL COMPASS

Robert Merrill left New England for New York in the early years of the 19th century. He built a business that became one of the great marine supply houses of the 1800's. His compasses were aboard ships from the humblest fishing sloop to the great clippers. Here is one of his oldest compasses to survive to the present day.

It has a wood bowl, seven inches (18 cm) in diameter, with a five-inch (131 cm) mica and paper dry card. The box is painted a deep green, is hand dove-tailed, and measures 10 inches square by 6.25 inches tall.

The original top is missing. The compass is fully functional and points true. The wood bowl has an age crack down one side. Age cracks are common since most of these wood bowls were turned in green, uncured wood. Few of these compasses survive today.

This instrument dates to the period 1840 to 1850 and is completely original. I will add a new cover for shipping.

A fine example of a typical working ship's compass of the early to mid-1800s.

 
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