Compass Card


This compass card reads counterclockwise, and so was meant for use with a tell-tale compass. The “Thaxter / Maker / State Street / Boston" inscription is probably that of Samuel Thaxter (1769-1842), a nautical apparatus maker and dealer.

Maker: Thaxter, Samuel

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0148.02Catalog Number: 2002.0148.02Accession Number: 2002.0148

Object Name: Compass Card, Tell-Tale

Measurements: overall: 1/2 in x 5 in; 1.27 cm x 12.7 cm


Record Id: nmah_1184004

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