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Benjamin Rittenhouse Vernier Compass

Auction:
3147M
Lot:
242
Sold for:
$4,613$3,750

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

Description:

Benjamin Rittenhouse Vernier Compass, made for John DeWitt, c. 1792, lacquered brass instrument with 6-in. dia. silvered dial engraved "B. Rittenhouse/Pennsylvania," fully engraved eight-point rose with fleur-de-lis representing north, blued-steel needle and outer scale marked 0-90 in four quadrants, vernier, single vial, screw-mount sights, engraved on underside "John DeWitt/1792," all housed in its original wooden box, lg. 13 1/4 in.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

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Keywords

John DeWitt, Arts, DeWitt, Fleur-de-lis, Human behavior, Ornaments, Qibla compass, Rittenhouse, Vernier, Visual arts