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Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition: objects

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Image: Pocket compass on leather thong

Pocket compass on leather thong
United States scientific equipment

1 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in. (5 x 5 x 1 cm)

Keuffel & Esser Co. (active 1867 - 1987)

Object Type: scientific equipment
Creation Places: North America, United States, New York
Medium and Support: metal
Credit Line: Gift of Marie Peary Kuhne
Accession Number: 1967.253
The compass has a hinged cover and is attached to a leather neck cord. MacMillan wrote about the challenge of using a compass in the far north, "It was our custom to place the compass in the snow, well away from any local attraction such as metal on the sledges... and sight due north, allowing for a westerly variation of the compass of 112 degrees."

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Location Latitude: 40.661, Longitude: -73.944

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