Blunt Dry Card Compass

This compass has a wooden bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The inscription on the paper card reads "EDM. M. BLUNT. CHART, SELLER, N° 202 WATERSTREET, NEW YORK." The signature is that of Edmund March Blunt (1770-1862), a dealer of nautical supplies who moved from Massachusetts to New York City in 1811 and who retired in the mid-1820s. In the center of the card is an image of a robed figure on land leaning on an anchor and gazing at a ship at sea.
This compass is said to have been on the Niagara on September 10, 1813 when, under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry, American sailors defeated a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie.
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Object Name
dry card compass
date made
ca 1811
Blunt, Edmund March
box: 15 13/16 in x 26 in x 26 3/16 in; 40.132 cm x 66.04 cm x 66.548 cm
compass: 7 in; 17.78 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robt. C. Bichan
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