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Title Forestry compass, 5600-1/2, made by Keuffel & Esser Company, New York, n.d., ca. 1925-1950.
Object Name Compass
Catalog Number 2009.006.0116
Collection Keuffel & Esser Company Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Description Forestry compass, 5600-1/2, made by Keuffel & Esser Company, New York, no date, circa 1925-1950. Metal and glass, 3-3/8" wide x 3-3/4" deep x 11/16" thick closed; 2-1/2 inch needle.

Metal is aluminum with black cloth finish, worn and chipped. This case was introduced in the 1920s. This compass dial is numbered in degrees, 0 to 360. Dial is black markings on silver.

The "1/2" designation in the model number distinguished it from other 5600 compasses, indicating that it had a 2-1/2" needle with 0-360 degree markings. Other than 'Keuffel & Esser Co., New York" on the dial face, it has no other markings as to model.

This item is the same as the aluminum case Military Compass from the mid-1920s to circa 1934 when it was re-named Forestry Compass. If made during the earlier period, it should be considered as that model.

Keuffel & Esser Co. main office and factories were in Hoboken in the period when this item was made.
Date 1925-1950
Year Range from 1925.0
Year Range to 1950.0
Search Terms K & E
Keuffel & Esser Co.
Caption top view
Imagefile 069\20090060116.TIF
Notes Additional information provided by donor who received it from the seller on eBay auction site:

"This came out of a pre 1950's trunk where the original owner was enrolled at The Penn State School of Forestry where this item may of been required...he later was a pilot in WWII...considering the lack of wear, I would venture to say this was required at the college."
Classification Business & Commerce