Tell-Tale Compass

Tell-Tale Compass

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Description
Since this compass is designed to be hung from the ceiling and seen from below, the card reads counter-clockwise. The "Thaxter Maker State Street Boston" inscription is on a paper disc laid over the center of the card, obscuring the inscription of the artisan for whom the card was originally made. S. Thaxter moved to State Street in 1793. The firm became S. Thaxter & Son in 1822.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Nautical Compass (Tell Tale)
nautical compass (tell tale)
date made
early 19th century
maker
Thaxter, Samuel
Measurements
card: 5 in; 12.7 cm
bowl: 6 in; 15.24 cm
overall: 3 1/4 in x 9 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 24.765 cm x 15.875 cm
ID Number
2002.0148.01
accession number
2002.0148
catalog number
2002.0148.01
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