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Surveyor's Compass
about 1800

An American wooden alternative
While European surveyors used brass instruments, which were both reliable and expensive, many Americans made do with wooden instruments, especially in areas where land was relatively inexpensive, thus making accuracy less crucial. This compass was made by Thomas H. Balch, who worked in Newburyport, MA, under the "Sign of the Mariner's Compass."

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Thomas H. Balch (1771-1817)
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