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Four Dial Gauges for Assorted Use

Auction:
2502
Lot:
244
Sold for:
$178$150

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Four Dial Gauges for Assorted Use, America and Switzerland, 19th and 20th century, including balance spring gauges, one marked JM BOTTUM NEW-YORK with patent date 1859; and two pivot gauges; wd. 1 1/2-4 1/4 in.

Note: J.M. Bottum, a New York tool manufacturer, is discussed over six pages in Crom #2 (pp. 242-247). Legend says that one night Bottum, when ill and having realized that he did not have long to live, put some of his best tools in a bag along with some bricks and sank them in the river; gauges are covered in the same volume on pp. 476-485.
Estimate $200-300

Keywords

YORK, J.M. Bottum, tool manufacturer, Gauge, Weighing scale