The Boreal Arrow 

Code BA12112264: ANTIQUE MAGNETIC TIME KEEPER & COMPASS by SMITH circa 1870

This is a rare and collectable COMPASS/SUNDIAL by Smith circa 1870. It comes in 1 ½” diameter round brass case with lid. Embossed on lid: MAGNETIC TIME KEEPER & COMPASS and with a shining sun with a face and radiating rays. The base of the case is embossed D.L. SMITH’S PATENT AUG 23 1870. The lid presses on smoothly and securely to the base. No dents anywhere. Manufactured by Magnetic Watch Co., Hinsdale, NH.  COMPLETE AND ORIGINAL. This ingenious sun dial is self-aligning. The sundial plate is stiff paper and is marked in hours by Roman numerals and scribed each 15 minutes. The plate floats freely to orient itself to magnetic North. The brass gnomon is fixed to the plate so one just holds the sundial level, waits for it to settle, and reads the sun time from the shadow. Compass directions are indicated on the outer ring of the dial.

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