Thaxter Dry Card Compass

This compass has a brass bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The paper card was made for Robert King (c.1789-1868), a mathematical instrument maker from England who spent most of his career in New York City. The instrument bears two marks, "ROBERT KING NEW YORK" and "S. THAXTER & SON. MAKERS. State Street. BOSTON." The Thaxter signature is on a paper disc laid over the center of the card, obscuring the King signature. The instrument was used by Capt. Andrew McWha of St. Stephen, N.B., Canada. It probably dates from the middle decades of the nineteenth century.
Currently not on view
Object Name
dry card compass
date made
ca 1850
S. Thaxter & Son
overall: 6 3/4 in x 10 in x 10 in; 17.145 cm x 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm
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Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Connie Moran
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