Huge Circa 1870 Vernier Compass – Benjamin Pike’s Son

Huge Circa 1870 Vernier Compass – Benjamin Pike’s Son



Circa 1870

Categories: Surveying Instruments & Mining, Engineering antiques


This is a Monster Pike Compass. A full 16 inches. 9.6 pounds, including the compass face cover.  Weighs 8.9 pounds without the cover.  Sight vanes are over 8 inches tall. Needle is 6 inches long.

Missing adapter, but the Box is in decent condition.

Really nice patina with extra large numbers and letters

Both vials have liquid

I see nothing wrong with this wonderful compass.

Needle lifter works, although may not press to the glass

The cover for the compass face comes apart. The rim separates from the disc.

I love this compass. It looks and feels HEAVY. The surveyor who carried this compass around was not a small man. This compass will display very nicely – it’s bulk is impressive.

To read more about the Pike Family of Makers, please go to my webpage:  Pike & Sons

To see my listing on my website for this compass, please go to my webpage:    Pike Son’s Huge Compass


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US The Compleat Surveyor

The Compleat Surveyor specializes in rare instruments and books related to land surveying. This initially was a family business - my father (F. D. Uzes) was a noted surveyor, collector and author (Illustrated Price Guide To Antique Surveying Instruments and Books - published in 1980). Having spent a lifetime surrounded by old instruments and books, I now run the business myself. I use my website ( to both sell instruments and provide historical information related to land surveying.

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