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Hourglass

Artist/Maker:
Elford, James
Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1816-1826
Medium:
wood, glass
Dimensions:
HOA: 4 3/4″; DIA: 2 1/2″
Accession Number:
5705
Description:
Round wood top and bottom, held tighter with four balustrade – turned posts, mounted with a glass hourglass filled with reddish colored sad, on the top is a paper label that reads :

“28 SECONDS/ Keep this side up when/ RUNNING” “Navigation Store/ JAMES M ELFORD/ NO 70, East-Bay/ CHARLESTON, S.C.”

History:
James Maud Elford (1771-1826) was born in Bristol, England, trained as a sea captain, and moved to Charleston around 1800. There, he established a store on Easty Bay that specialized in mathematical and navigation equipment, taught classes, and became a noted author on nautical issues. Elford and his first wife, Margaret Charlotte Gray (1774-1817), are buried at St. Michael’s Church.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund