Hand bearing compas, 1801-1850.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Hand bearing compas, 1801-1850.

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Magnetic compases are portable and easy to use for rapid survey where high accuracy is not required. This example, made by Matthew Berge, succesor and son-in-law to the renowned London Maker, Jese Ramsden, was suitable for route marching and simple navigation.

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