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Thomas Hutchinson Balch Surveying Compass

Auction:
2555M
Lot:
186
Sold for:
$337$275

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2555M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
July 16, 2011 10:00AM

Description:

Thomas Hutchinson Balch Surveying Compass, Newburyport, Massachusetts, c. 1800, the painted birch frame with 5 1/2 in. dia. compass card marked at the center , Thos. H. Balch Maker, State Street, Newburyport, fleur-de-lis at north, cardinal points in block letters, needle ring around the perimeter, steel hand, two sighting vanes and wooden tripod collar, lg. 16 in.
Estimate $200-300

Compass card in dirty condition, putty loose, surface rust on steel hand, age consistent wear on painted surfaces.

Keywords

Newburyport, steel hand, Massachusetts, State Street, Compass, Newburyport, Massachusetts, Orientation, Orienteering, Qibla compass