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.