Cased Dry Card Compass F.W. Lincoln, Jr., Boston, circa 1855

Cased Dry Card Compass F.W. Lincoln, Jr., Boston, circa 1855
Product Code: JYF01
Shipping Weight: 0.00 lbs

Product Description


Cased dry card compass by F.W. Lincoln, Jr., Boston, circa 1855. Rare, authentic marine compass with dry card marked "F.W. Lincoln Jr., Boston, 62 Commercial Street" card with fleur-de-lis at North and scrolls at the East. Mounted into a brass gimbaled bowl and mounted in to a dovetailed walnut box with original fitted wood lid. Compass bowl exterior painted green. Rarre sight vane with two colored glass and brass sun filters.

F. W. Lincoln History

(1839 to 1883)

Frederick Walker Lincoln, Jr. - born, Boston, Massachusetts, February 27, 1817.  A descendant of the famed American and patriot Paul Revere. Frederick W. Lincoln's grandmother, Deborah Revere, was Paul Revere's 1st daughter.

1830 - Apprenticed to Gedney King

1839 - F.W. Lincoln went in business for himself, as a maker of nautical and surveying instruments.


1858 - F.W. Lincoln and apprentice - then partner Charles C. Hutchinson formed the F. W. Lincoln Jr. & Company.

1883 - Lincoln sold the business, to Charles C. Hutchinson - continued the business under the firm name of C. C. Hutchinson until his death in 1913.


Workshops / storefronts located "at the Sign of Mercury and Quadrant," Today that sign is located at the Bostonian Society-  Most instruments signed "F.W. Lincoln, Jr."

In December 1857, Mr. Lincoln became Mayor of Boston, serving until December 1864.



The deed of gift from the family that donated this nautical object, stipulated that the proceeds of the sale would support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Private funding has an essential role in supporting the largely volunteer nature of this effort. Along with three paid staff members, up to 35 individuals volunteer 10,000 hours each year to maintain and sail these historic ships.

Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – re-creations of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 – have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.

Each year one of the ships sails periodically to other ports to participate in commemorative and community events and host educational programs for students. Sailing program volunteer crew assist visitors and students in exploring the ships and learning about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century shipboard activities.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway. For more information and admission rates, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is proud to be selected as the marketing and selling agent for this donated collection of nautical items in order to raise funds to support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Please donate generously to the Jamestown Settlement to help keep this important piece of our American history flourishing.