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Unusual Frederick Heisley Vernier Compass

Auction:
3147M
Lot:
244
Sold for:
$492$400

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

Description:

Unusual Frederick Heisley Vernier Compass, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, first half 19th century, lacquered brass instrument with 6 1/2-in. dia. engraved silvered dial marked "Heisley Harrisburg," in script, simple eight-point line rose with fleur-de-lis representing north, blued-steel hand, vernier, dual bubble levels, outkeeper scale from 1-16, single vane engraved with scale from 10-0-10 with rack-and-pinion extending sight, lg. 14 in.
Estimate $700-900

bubble levels might be old replacement as there is a shadow or ghost mark for a circular level.


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Keywords

Harrisburg, Culture, Fleur-de-lis, Human behavior, Pinion, Qibla compass, Vernier, Visual arts