Thaxter Dry Card Compass

Description
This compass has a turned wooden bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The inscription reads "S. THAXTER MAKER No 27 STATE STREET BOSTON." It was made between 1813 when S. Thaxter moved to No. 27 State Street, and 1822 when the firm became S. Thaxter & Son. The donor believed that it had belonged to his distant ancestor, Simon Mellon, and was used in a whaling vessel in the Bering Sea.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dry card compass
compass
date made
1813-1822
maker
Thaxter, Samuel
Measurements
box: 5 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 19.05 cm x 19.05 cm
compass bowl: 4 3/4 in; 12.065 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
1995.0014.01
accession number
1995.0014
catalog number
1995.0014.01
subject
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Curtis G. Mellen

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