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Walnut and Brass Vernier Surveyor's Compass Attributed to Benjamin Hanks

Auction:
2502
Lot:
737
Sold for:
$1,896$1,600

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

Description:

Walnut and Brass Vernier Surveyor's Compass Attributed to Benjamin Hanks, Connecticut, late 18th century, 6-inch dia. engraved paper card with fleur-de-lis at North, outer perimeter of card and silvered needle ring scale calibrated 0-90 in four quadrants, engraved center with blued steel needle on a brass lifter arm, beaded brass bezel, mahogany limb with bone and brass vernier and adjustment screw on the underside, CF stamped on one end, screw-on brass sights and the lower portion of the walnut carrying case, lg. 16 in.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Soft solder repair on underside tripod attachment collar, lacking top half of carrying case.

Keywords

Benjamin Hanks, Connecticut, blued steel needle, Brass, Brass instrument, Circumferentor, Measuring instruments, Qibla compass