Dry Card Compass

Dry Card Compass

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This dry-card nautical compass has a turned wooden bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The "S. THAXTER MAKER No 27 STATE STREET BOSTON" inscription indicates that it was made between 1813 when S. Thaxter moved to No. 27 State Street, and 1822 when the firm became S. Thaxter & Son. The donor believed it had belonged to his distant ancestor, Simon Mellon, and was used in a whaling vessel in the Bering Sea.
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Object Name
Thaxter Dry Card Compass
date made
Thaxter, Samuel
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
box: 5 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 19.05 cm x 19.05 cm
compass bowl: 4 3/4 in; 12.065 cm
overall in box: 5 3/4 in x 7 5/8 in x 7 3/8 in; 14.605 cm x 19.3675 cm x 18.7325 cm
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Credit Line
Curtis G. Mellen
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