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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ALRA is American Long Rifle Association. I am probationer. This is the first "organization" I have joined though I started "doing" interpretative history in '74. So I am trying to humbly submit to my sponsor and rules of the organization. A compass was on the list of required items and as I am checking equipment as obtained, I thought to remove the compass as an obstacle to my acceptance.

As my final goal, in regards to the program I am developing for our school, colonial surveying and astrological navigation will in time, be part of our instruction. I have found various articles of reproduction colonial surveying equipment as well as reproduction octant to help facilitate this part of our instruction/interpretive exercise.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:25 am    Post subject: compass Reply with quote

If you just need to get by for your persona, I'd just get one of Bill Farmers. They are neat looking, and for what you get, they are priced right.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:19 pm    Post subject: Confused Reply with quote

OK,
I had misread and I was confused.

Doug, you need to decide whether you want a pocket compass or a surveyor's circumferencer.

To my knowledge there is no such thing as a Small Surveyor's compass. A surveyor's tool is a Circumferencer and meant to be used from either a pole or a tripod and is quite different from a compass.

However there is a good bit of ducmentation for pocket compasses in the 18th century. A very dear friend of mine has a modest collection of original 18th century pocket compasses. Perhaps he will let me shoot a couple of pictures to post here at a later date (or better yet, he will do it himself).

One popular example that most reenactors use is the little Rogers Ranger compass with the sundial. This is similar to a surviving example except the real compass is marked with degrees. In my opinion a compass that isn't marked that way is useless. If I were in the market for a pocket compass, I would get one of these from Danny Morse:



http://www.trade-silver.net/boxcompass.htm

They are great.
JG

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:54 pm    Post subject: compass Reply with quote

I would second Jason's advise. Those are really nice looking, and don't cost much more than the one I previously suggested.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys for all the help!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: compas Reply with quote

Check out Soft Wind Speaking (610) 793-2363 Last year at the Eastern she had some neat ones at very reasonable price. Brass with screw lid, but no sundial.
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