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Thaxter Dry Card Compass

Thaxter Dry Card Compass

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Thaxter Dry Card Compass
date made
1813-1822
maker
Thaxter, Samuel
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Measurements
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
ID Number
1995.0014.01
accession number
1995.0014
catalog number
1995.0014.01
Credit Line
Curtis G. Mellen
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