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May 3, 2005 10:00AMCalender

Brass Surveyor's Compass by Abner Dod

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2283 Location: Bolton Date / Time: May 03, 2005 10:00AM


Brass Surveyor's Compass by Abner Dod, with 5-inch diameter silvered dial (rubbed in places) engraved A. Dod, Mendham, eight-point rose, slim blued-steel needle with clamp, needle ring divided 0-90 in four quadrants, inclinometer scale divided 0-60 twice and read via pointer set from the underside, brass socket mount, straight arm and one (of two) slide-on sights, lg. 14 in., in fitted wood field case with indistinct signature.

Note: Abner Dod (1772 - 1847) came from a New Jersey family of skilled clock and watch makers, mathematical instrument makers and land surveyors. The father, Lebbeus Dod, had established an armory for the manufacture and repair of muskets during the Civil War. Three of the brothers - Abner, Daniel and S. Dod - are known to have made instruments, and Daniel went on to design an engine for the first transatlantic steamship, the Savannah.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


Department of Defense, Abner Dod, slim blued-steel needle, Lebbeus Dod, Daniel Dod, S. Dod