Dry Card Compass

Description
This compass has a brass bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. A label on the box reads: "BRASS COMPASS, MANUFACTURED BY S. THAXTER & SON, 125 STATE STREET, BOSTON. Dealers in Nautical Instruments, Charts, Nautical Books, &c. N.B. Nautical Instruments Repaired." S. Thaxter & Sons donated this instrument to the Smithsonian in 1880, perhaps for use in the International Fishery Exhibition which opened in Berlin on April 20 of that year.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dry card compass
maker
S. Thaxter & Son
Measurements
compass: 7 in; 17.78 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
PH*39384
catalog number
39384
accession number
8745
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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