Thomas Hutchinson Balch Surveying Compass, Newburyport, Massachusetts, c. 1800, the painted birch frame with 5 1/2 in. dia. compass card marked at the center , Thos. H. Balch Maker, State Street, Newburyport, fleur-de-lis at north, cardinal points in block letters, needle ring around the perimeter, steel hand, two sighting vanes and wooden tripod collar, lg. 16 in.
Compass card in dirty condition, putty loose, surface rust on steel hand, age consistent wear on painted surfaces.