Shaw Dry Card Compass

The compass has a brass bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box with a paper card made for Robert Ludlow Shaw. The inscription in the center of the card reads "R. L. SHAW * 222 WATER ST NEW-YORK*."
The box is marked "J. BELL’S PATENT JANY 25, 1853." This refers to John Bell of New York City who designed a method of joining the corners of wooden boxes.
Ref: John Bell, "Method of Joining Corners of Boxes, &c." U.S. Patent #9,552 (1853).
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Object Name
dry card compass
date made
after 1853
Shaw, Robert Ludlow
compass: 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm
box: 10 in x 10 in; 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Rutgers University

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