Pocket Compass, Used by John Muir in His Travels in Canada, 1864-1866

Summary

John Muir (1838-1914) was one of America's most influential naturalists and conservationists. Muir's love of the natural world blossomed in early adulthood when he began to study botany. In the mid-1860s, Muir explored the wilds of southern Ontario examining the diverse plant life. According to family reminiscences, John and his younger brother Daniel used this compass on one of their first wanderings in Canada.

John Muir (1838-1914) was one of America's most influential naturalists and conservationists. Muir's love of the natural world blossomed in early adulthood when he began to study botany. In the mid-1860s, Muir explored the wilds of southern Ontario examining the diverse plant life. According to family reminiscences, John and his younger brother Daniel used this compass on one of their first wanderings in Canada.

Artifact

Compass

Subject Date

1864-1866

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

38.61.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Alice Harrod Muir.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.713 in

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