11-02-2013 11-02-2013
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2684M Marlborough
November 2, 2013 10:00AMCalender

Daniel King Boxwood and Brass Circumferentor

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2684M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: November 02, 2013 10:00AM


Daniel King Boxwood and Brass Circumferentor, Salem, Massachusetts, c. 1758, the boxwood instrument with engraved semicircular scale with inner/outer markings 0-180 and center scale 180-360, the whale bone plaque reading Daniel King Fecit 1758, above the trough compass with paper dial having inked S/N, representing north south, shaped blued needle with brass hub, brass alidade with sighting circles attaches to the threaded post with a knurled screw, and a brass staff mount underneath, lg. 7 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.

Provenance: Reportedly found in northwest Pennsylvania, consignor purchased from David Geiger Antiques, Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Note: Only a few examples of Daniel King's works have survived, including a quadrant signed Daniel King Fecit Salem March ye 24 1766, in the collection of the Maine Maritime Museum, and the late M.V. Brewington of the Peabody Museum in Salem, describes an unusual semi-circumferentor, made of boxwood, measuring 6 inches in length, having a flat bar needle with a brass bearing contained in a recess of about 4 inches. The compass card was executed in black ink, inscribed "Daniel King, Salem fecit 1767."
Estimate $8,000-12,000

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Salem, Massachusetts, Daniel King, Pennsylvania, northwest Pennsylvania, David Geiger Antiques, Meadville, Maine Maritime Museum, Peabody Museum