This compass has a wooden bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The paper card
was made for Edmund March Blunt (1770-1862), a dealer of
nautical supplies who moved from Massachusetts to New York City in 1811 and who
retired in the mid-1820s. In the center of the card is an image of a robed
figure on land leaning on an anchor and gazing at a ship at sea.
This compass is said to have been on the Niagara on September 10, 1813
when, under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry, American sailors defeated a
British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie.