Thaxter Tell-Tale Compass

Since this compass is designed to be hung from the ceiling and be seen from below, the card reads counter-clockwise. The "Thaxter Maker State Street Boston" inscription is on a paper disc laid over the center of the card, obscuring the signature of the artisan for whom the card was originally made. S. Thaxter moved to State Street in 1793. The firm became S. Thaxter & Son in 1822.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tell-tale compass
tell tale compass
compass, tell-tale, bowl
date made
early 19th century
Thaxter, Samuel
card: 5 in; 12.7 cm
bowl: 6 in; 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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