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Object ID 1956.004
Object Name Compass
Collection Scientific Instruments
Credit line Gift of William Starr Bullock
Year Range from 1800
Year Range to 1820
Artist William Davenport
Made William Davenport
Makers mark Compass marked by William Davenport
Description Maritime compass that originally belonged to Captain Jacob Starr. The brass compass is in a gimbal mount inside a wooden box. The top and bottom lid of the box are branded with "J Starr." The compass face is made from black and white printed paper mounted onto a cardboard back.
Dimensions H-5.25 W-9.25 L-9.25 inches
Dimension Details
Owned Captain Jacob Starr
Provenance Originally belonged to Captain Jacob Starr, a sea captain who bought the house at 1310 King Street in Wilmington in 1806 and lived there until 1845.
Subjects Compasses
Ship equipment & rigging
Ship captains
People Starr, Captain Jacob
Search Terms Wilmington
Jacob Starr
Starr Family
Ship's Compasses
Captain Jacob Starr
King Street
Material Pine (?) box; brass mount; paper face
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA