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made in London

Postcard of Compass.
© National Museums Scotland


This surveying compass was made by B. Cole of London and dates from between 1750 and 1775.

The glass-covered dial is set into a hinged wooden frame which can be folded up to protect the compass. The centre of the dial has the maker's name 'B. Cole, maker at No. 136 Fleet Street London'.

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Online ID: 000-100-044-546-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1967.113
Date: 1750 - 1775
Between 1750 and 1775
Material: Wooden box, glass covered silver dial, steel needle, brass lever. Inscription: N / S; B; COLE Maker at No. 136 Fleet Street, LONDON / 1
Dimensions: 44 mm H x 178 mm L x 162 mm W; dial 105 mm D; 89 mm H
What: Compass, surveying
Subject: 5. CARTOGRAPHY, Surveying (Departmental Classification)
Who: B. Cole (the younger), 136 Fleet Street, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: Surveying compass made by B. Cole (the younger) of London in the third quarter of the eighteenth century
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