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Brass Plain Surveyor's Compass by Benjamin Cole

Auction:
2345
Lot:
98
Sold for:
$1,175$1,000

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

Description:

Brass Plain Surveyor's Compass by Benjamin Cole, signed on the limb B. Cole, Maker, at No. 136 Fleet St., London, with 4-inch dia. silvered dial, eight-point rose with foliate-engraved and hatched decoration, fleur-de-lis at North and divisions 0-90° in four quadrants, needle ring divided from west 0-360°, blued-steel needle with engraved N and S tips, brass lifting arm, and one (of two) screw-on sights, lg. 13 3/4 in., in original hollowed-out shaped field case, (one limb replaced, lacking thumb screws to limb).

Literature: Silvio Bedini, (1975), Thinkers and Tinkers, fig. 27, for a similar Benjamin Cole plain surveyor's compass. Bedini suggests that the instrument was made for use in the American colonies.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Keywords

Benjamin Cole, Silvio Bedini, London, blued-steel needle, plain surveyor , Circumferentor, Cole, Compass, Measuring instruments, Qibla compass