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A fine example of a boxed spherical compass manufactured by Kelvin White, Boston. The liquid-filled gimballed compass is housed inside a mahogany box, retaining the original mahogany lid.
The black-painted gimbal ring is engraved "SPHERICAL COMPASS" "KELVIN WHITE BOSTON" and the serial number "6104S". The compass measures 5 inches in diameter, but the compass is magnified via the glass sphere. There is a bubble from minor loss of the liquid fill, but remains in good working order.
The lid of the mahogany box is fitted to the base with three dowels and locks down with two brass hooks and keeps. A brass bracket is fixed on one side so that the compass could be hung and used on a bulkhead. The box with lid measures 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches. Weighs just shy of 11 pounds.
According to the company's history, the spherical compass was invented in 1931 and received his US Patent in 1935. This is an early example of Kelvin White's spherical compass.
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