Lewis & Clark Pocket Compass

Lewis & Clark Pocket Compass

Lewis & Clark Pocket Compass

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This authentic replica is an exacting copy of the famous compass that guided the Corps of Discovery during 1803 and 1804 on their search for a water passage to the Pacific Ocean. Without a doubt, this was the most fruitful "failed" expedition in American history!

The aged bronze compass features a period correct, antique printed dial, is 2-1/2" in diameter, and is fitted with a locking lever that restricts movement and prevents damage of the needle during travel. Mounted in a handsome, 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" x 1-1/8" mahogany case with faux worm holes and hinged lid, it is a wonderful gift that will be treasured by any modern explorer!

Original Compass at the Smithsonian

Among the collections at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History is the actual original compass used by Lewis and Clark on their great expedition. This brass and silver compass, set in a mahogany box was made by Thomas Whitney of Philadelphia and was used by William Clark. It is one of the few surviving scientific instruments from the expedition organized by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 to explore the Missouri River and search for possible routes across the continent to the Pacific Ocean.

Following the History . . .

The following spring, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Corps of Discovery set out from St. Louis to survey the Northwest portion of the Louisiana Purchase. Some time after completion of the expedition, Clark gave the pocket compass to Captain Robert McCabe, an army man with whom he had dealings in the 1820s. It passed down through the McCabe family and eventually to the Smithsonian Institution.

Learn more about the Lewis and Clark Compass & the Corps of Discovery

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