10-27-2002 10-27-2002
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Bolton MA
October 27, 2002 10:00 AMCalender

Surveyor's Compass By George Heisley

Auction: Sale #2173 - 2173 Location: Bolton Date / Time: October 27, 2002 10:00AM


Surveyor's Compass By George Heisley, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, mid-19th century, the silvered dial signed G. J. Heisley, Harrisburg, with engraved star at north, the brass plate with outkeeper for 1-16,twin bubble levels, sighting vanes and cover, lg. 14 in., in shaped carved field case with plug for staff mount.
George Heisley (1789-1880) was the son of Fredrick Heisley, also a clock and instrument maker. A flute player, he is credited as having selected the song "To Anacreon in Heaven" as the music to the words of "The Star Spangled Banner", while serving in the Pennsylvania State Militia, defending Baltimore.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


George Heisley, Surveyor , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Fredrick Heisley, instrument maker , Pennsylvania State Militia, The Star, flute player