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Instrument Makers' banner, Portland, 1841

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

A banner celebrates Mathematical Instrument Makers, Watch Makers, Gold & Silversmiths, Looking Glass Makers And Gilders who were part of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association.

The painted linen banner, carried in a parade in 1841 in Portland, features an hour glass surrounded by the words, "The true measure of Time is by Deeds and not by Centuries." On the other side is a frame enclosing the text, "We make no Unjust Reflections But Hold the Mirror up to nature."

The Charitable Mechanic Association formed in 1815 to support and promote the skills of a variety of artisans.

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  • Title: Instrument Makers' banner, Portland, 1841
  • Creator: Capen Jr., William
  • Creation Date: 1841
  • Subject Date: 1841
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Oil on linen
  • Dimensions (cm): 89 x 108
  • Local Code: 2010.292.003
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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