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Title Maury Graham's Compass
Date 1918
Collection Maury Graham Collection
Object Name Compass
Catalog Number 1987.31.1
Description Ceebynite compass by Taylor Instrument Companies of Rochester, New York, designed and manufactured in cooperation with the British company Short & Mason.

Pocket compass in a metal case like a hunter's-case pocket watch with a spring-hinged circular metal cover, that closes over the face and crystal, protecting them from dust, scratches and damage. Exterior of metal cover is engraved with monogram: "MFG." Inside of cover is engraved: "From Me to You, 2-16-18"

Compass has a beveled crystal over a floating aluminum dial with a jewel needle center. Points North (a triangle) and South (a moon) are painted with radium that can be seen at night.

Manufacturer's markings: "Ceebynite / Short & Mason / Taylor - Rochester, NY. / Pat. April 20, 1915"
Artist/Maker Taylor Precision Products
Diameter (in) 1.875
Height (in) 2
Width (in) 2.625
Dimension Details Dimensions taken with compass open. Width includes handle
Provenance This compass was carried by Maury Graham, one of the first four pilots hired by Western Air Express in 1926.
People Graham, Maurice F.
Search Terms Western Air Express
Western Airlines
Subjects Compasses
Airline pilots
Credit line Gift of Alice Graham Rose to Western Airlines