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John Heilig Brass Surveyor's Compass

Auction:
2890M
Lot:
304
Sold for:
$7,380$6,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2890M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
April 29, 2016 10:00AM

Description:

John Heilig Brass Surveyor's Compass, c. 1800, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 6 1/2-in. silvered dial engraved with a fleur-de-lis representing north, raised center reading John Heilig Germantown, outer scale divided in four quadrants, barbed steel needle, knurled knob needle lock-down located on tripod mount, two sighting vanes, lg. 16 in.

Note: Similar instruments are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. According to the Schwenkfelder Library John Heilig was married to Susanna Rittenhouse, sister to Matthais Rittenhouse, the father of David Rittenhouse.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

This is a vernier compass.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Susanna Rittenhouse, John Heilig Germantown, Matthais Rittenhouse, Germantown, Pennsburg, Caspar Schwenckfeld, Circumferentor, David Rittenhouse, Germantown, Philadelphia, Heilig, Schwenkfelder Church, Transit of Venus, University of Pennsylvania