Breed Dry Card Compass

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dry card compass
maker
Breed, Aaron
Measurements
bowl: 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm
ID Number
1980.0179.01
catalog number
1980.0179.01
accession number
1980.0179
subject
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Donald D. Donohue
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