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J.M. Elford’s Marine Telegraph; or Universal Signal Book

Artist/Maker:
Elford, James M.
Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1823
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
HOA: 9 1/4″; LOA 5 1/2″
Accession Number:
6006
Description:
J.M. Elford’s Marine Telegraph; or Universal Signal Book by James M. Elford, Charleston, SC: printed by Archibald E. Miller. Includes the trade card designed by Elford and engraved by Charles Cushing Wright for Elford’s nautical store on East Bay Street.
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 East 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