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Nautical instruments

Dry Card Compass – John Bliss & Co, New York, 19th Century

Nice gimbaled dry card compass in brass bowl with original old glass. In wooden case of pine with sliding cover. Made by John Bliss & Co, before 1845. Bliss & Creighton, 42 Fulton Street, New York.
On the black rose a fine fleur de lis. On the backside of the case in capital letters: J E F F E R S O N
The inside of the bowl is white with lubber’s line.

Catalog: NM.1-31
Date: 1845-1880
HWL case: 12,5×18,7×18,7 cm (5,0×7 3/8×7 3/8“)
D compass: 12,5 cm (4 7/8”)
Signed: JOHN BLISS & CO, NEW YORK.
Origin: USA
Condition: perfect, little damage on bowl

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