Breed Dry Card Compass

This compass has a wooden bowl and a paper card with an ornate American eagle with a ribbon in its mouth reading "E PLURIBUS UNUM" at north. This card was probably made for William Davenport. It was later used by his successor, William Helffricht. The overlaid signature reads "AARON BREED BOSTON" and "166 BROAD ST. COR. OF PURCHASE ST." This refers to Aaron Breed (1791-1861), a nautical instrument maker and dealer in Boston, who established an instrument shop at 166 Broad Street around 1840.
Ref: "Aaron Breed," in Annals of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association (1861): 41.
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Object Name
dry card compass
Breed, Aaron
bowl: 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Donald D. Donohue
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