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Benjamin Rittenhouse Surveyor's Compass

Auction:
3147M
Lot:
232
Sold for:
$2,583$2,100

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3147M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 05, 2018 10:00AM

Description:

Benjamin Rittenhouse Surveyor's Compass, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lacquered brass instrument with 6-in. dia. engraved silvered dial marked "Benjamin, Rittenhouse/Philadelphia, CouY," engraved eight-point rose with fleur-de-lis representing north, blued-steel needle, lock-down arm, outer ring marked 0-90 in four quadrants, lg. 13 1/2 in.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

vaines are most likely new with troughs cut on wrong side


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, Blued, Circumferentor, Compass, Decorative arts, Fleur-de-lis, Human behavior, Islamic culture, Qibla compass, Rittenhouse, Salat, Visual arts