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compass and case

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  • Other titles
    Jean Batten's compass (descriptive name)
  • Description
    Pocket compass used by Jean Batten for world record flight to New Zealand, 1936.
    Brass compass made by or retailed by T Peacock & Son, Auckland.
    Associated with Jean Batten on her historic England - NZ flight

    material: leather brass, steel, felt.
    colour: brown brass, black white red.
    case: compass case is an egg shaped pouch of brown leather, a small belt buckle runs a top the lid. The case is held together with cotton stitching. compass: the compass has a hinged lid with a small glass window. On the outside edge of the compass are the numbers 1-34 and N.S.E.W. Inside the compass is a glass cover and a revolving plate with W and E and numbering of 360 degrees in 10 and 20 numberings. A brass suspension hoop is attached to the top of the compass. Engraved on the compass lid is: T. PEACOCK & SON / AUCKLAND / N.Z.
  • Other Number
    col.3293, 1974.103.10, 1990.138
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  • Record richness
compass and case, 1974.103.10, col.3293, 1990.138, Photographed by Richard Ng, digital, 17 Aug 2018, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1974.103.10, col.3293, 1990.138
  • Notes
    "Pocket compass used by Jean Batten for world record flight to New Zealand, 1936".
    Reputedly used by Jean Batten on her 1936 England - New Zealand flight. Presumably not the compass used by Jean a year earlier in a record flight between England and South America when she overcome problems of a failed compass, constant storms and a petrol leak.
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1936 to 31 December 1936
  • Subject category
  • Production
    Thomas Peacock Ltd (instrument maker)
    Pre 1936
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - compass height (precise) : 20mm
      (.1 h x w x d: 20mm x 54mm x 80mm .2 h x w x d: 35mm x 80mm x 100mm)
    • .1 - compass width (precise) : 54mm
    • .2 - case depth : 100mm
    • .2 - case height : 35mm
    • .1 - compass depth : 80mm
    • .2 - case width : 80mm
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 05 Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology (Category)
    › Surveying & Navigational T&E (Classification)
    › Navigational Equipment (Sub-classification)
    › Compass (Primary Term)
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    2 July 1998

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