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Compass needle in case

Object Number: 
1923.43a-c
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Metal, leather
Dimensions: 
overall (case): 5 5/8 x 7/8 in. ( 14.3 x 2.2 cm ) overall (needle): 4 x 1/4 in. ( 10.2 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Metal compass needle in cylindrical leather case in two parts, with slip-on cover.
Gallery Label: 
This compass needle belonged to Major-General Philip John Schuyler (1733-1804). As a young man he served in the British army, but by the 1760s he began to favor a break from the English crown. In 1775 he sat in the Continental Congress, and helped organize the Continental Army. He served as Major-General in northern New York, resigning in 1779 for service in public office in state affairs.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Louis Phillippe De Luze
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group