Witteveen Tell-Tale Compass

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Description
This compass has a turned wooden bowl and card that can be seen from above and below. The inscriptions read "SYBRAND WITTEVEEN in Amsterdam" and "1793 SW." Sybrand Witteveen was born around 1769 in the Dutch province of Friesland, married in Amsterdam in 1794, and died sometime after 1813.
Ref: Sybrich ter Kuile and W. F. J. Mörzer Bruyns, "Amsterdamse kompasmakers ca. 1580 - ca. 1850. Bijdrage tot de kennis van de instrumentmakerij in Nederland (Amsterdam, 1999), p. 109.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1793
maker
Witteveen, Sybrand
place made
Nederland: Noord-Holland, Amsterdam
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 19.685 cm
overall: 4 1/2 in x 9 in; 11.43 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
PH.326474
catalog number
326474
accession number
260031
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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