6" experimental compass in wood and glass display box

Made:
1873-1876 in Scotland
maker:
James White
Six inch compass in glazed box

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Six inch compass in glazed box
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Experimental compass in wood and glass display box, 6", unsigned, Scotland, 1873-1876. Used by Lord Kelvin in his compass experiments.

Details

Category:
Navigation
Object Number:
1876-736
Materials:
cardboard, complete, cotton (fibre), glass, metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
type:
magnetic compass
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
credit:
Donated by Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin)