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possibly made in Edinburgh

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This compass dates from around 1830. It belonged to, and was possibly made by, the second son of Edinburgh-based scientific instrument maker Alexander Adie, who was also named Alexander.

The silvered compass rose is inscribed 'A.J. Adie/ Edinburgh' and is contained in a glazed brass case. The dial shows the 4 cardinal points, with the scale marked at 10, 5 and 1 degree intervals. The iron needle pivots on a jewelled bearing.

Alexander Adie (junior) (1808-79) served an apprenticeship with civil engineer James Jardine (1776-1858) and became a respected railway and bridge engineer.

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