Item NA27- Samuel Thaxter & Son (Boston). Box Compass.
Thaxter & Son made and sold navigating instruments in Boston under this name
from 1822. This smaller navigational dry card compass is marked, “S. Thaxter &
Son”. The top of th compass has a diameter 3 ¼ inches, and the spun brass bowl
of the body is topped with glass having a brass top rim having knurled edges.
The inside of the body and compass card are clean and bright. The compass is
mounted on a brass gimball that suspends it in an unusual “box”. Not the usual
slide top wooden box, this one is an urn-shaped hardwood box that has a friction
fit telescoping top that terminates with a mushroom-shaped finial. This body is
5 inches diameter, and the assembly stands about 9 ½ inches tall. It is stained
dark brown. The single foot on the bottom has an encircling bead, and has a
mounting plate that could have been used to fasten it to some sort of binnacle.
I’ve not seen another like it, and it is a very decorative (and functional)
Price - $300.00
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