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Near-Miniature Brass Plain Surveyor's Compass by Smith, Young & Co.

Auction:
2345
Lot:
130
Sold for:
$499$425

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2345
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
July 29, 2006 10:00AM

Description:

Near-Miniature Brass Plain Surveyor's Compass by Smith, Young & Co., with 4-inch silvered dial engraved New York, Warranted below a ring of foliage, fleur-de-lis at North, needle ring divided 0-90 in four quadrants, threaded clamp on lifting arm, baluster-form limb with vials (one broken) and staff-mount, lg. 12 1/2 in., (needle and hub replaced, lacking sights).

Note: Although unmarked, this compass appears identical to a documented instrument by Smith, Young & Co. of Maiden Lane, New York. The little-known partnership between Henry Young of Sing-Sing and William Henry Smith of New Rochelle, traded under the name for only five years.
Estimate $400-600

Keywords

Smith Young & Co., Near-Miniature Brass Plain Surveyor , Henry Young, Sing-Sing, William Henry Smith, Circumferentor, Compass