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2724M Marlborough
May 3, 2014 10:00AMCalender

Veuve Lennel Brass Repeating Circle

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2724M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: May 03, 2014 10:00AM


Veuve Lennel Brass Repeating Circle, Paris, c. 1785, the instrument on three adjustable brass feet, attached to a walnut shaft with disassembly and azimuth adjustment wing nuts, the azimuth ring engraved Veuve Lennel a Paris calibrated 0-60 in six segments with vernier, central pillar, sector calibrated 0-90 with vernier and counter weight adjusted by bone and brass thumb screws, 16-1/2 in. circle calibrated 0-360 and adjusted by a bone and brass thumb screw, two magnified verniers, two 26-in., two-draw telescopes and dual spirit levels, ht. of instrument with calibrated circle horizontal, 25- in.

Note: Reportedly there is another Lennel repeating circle at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

According to correspondence with the instrument, it is all original except for the telescope objective lens and one pad foot attached to the leveling screw. When purchased by the consignor about twenty years ago, the instrument was very dirty and was sent out to a conservator to be cleaned. According the the same correspondence, the consignor said that this instrument was a "joy to use".

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