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Rittenhouse & Potts Surveyor's Vernier Compass

Auction:
3035M
Lot:
253
Sold for:
$5,843$4,750

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3035M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 27, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

Rittenhouse & Potts Surveyor's Vernier Compass, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first quarter 19th century, 5 3/4-in. engraved silver dial with eight-point rose, and fleur-de-lis representing north, raised central boss reading as above, blued-steel needle, and outer ring calibrated 0-90 in four quadrants, single vial, vernier, and screw-mount sights, lg. 13 1/2 in.

Note: A Rittenhouse & Potts plain compass is in the collection of the Winterthur museum.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Vanes signed J.Lock 2013


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

Philadelphia, Architecture, Arts, Compass, Fleur-de-lis, Islamic culture, Qibla compass, Rittenhouse, Salat, Surveying, Vernier, Visual arts