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Rosewood Boxed Gimbaled Compass c.1940



This is an original Rosewood and brass boxed gimbaled compass. The brass compass sits in a heavy steel, half round shell which rotates. This sits in a steel gimbal that rotates as well. The box has label "Apollo Keuffel & Esser Co. NY"

  • CREATOR Apollo Keuffel & Esser NY
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1940-1960
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Rosewood, Brass, Steel.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Compass works well.
  • DIMENSIONS H 3.5 in. W 4.75 in. D 4.75 in.


The Keuffel and Esser Co., also known as K & E, was a drafting instrument and supplies. Keuffel and Esser started in New York, selling drawing materials and drafting supplies. In 1876, K & E started selling surveying instruments.


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