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Robert Merrill & Sons Box Compass

Mid nineteenth century ship’s compass by Robert Merrill & Sons, New York. Dry card brass bowl gimbaled compass with Fleur de Lis at “North”. Fitted to a timber box with old painted finish and sliding top.
Robert Merrill (fl. 1838-1864) was the leading nautical instrument maker in the U.S. during the middle decades of the nineteenth century. The firm became Robert Merrill & Sons in 1865, and continued under similar names until 1923.
Case 10 x 10 x 7 inch. Compass Diameter 7 inch.