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Lewis Michael Surveyor's Compass

Auction:
3147M
Lot:
245
Sold for:
$2,337$1,900

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

Description:

Lewis Michael Surveyor's Compass, Somerset, Pennsylvania, early 19th century, lacquered brass instrument with 6 1/2-in. dia. engraved silver dial marked "Made By Lewis Michael/Somerset, PA.," eight-point rose with fleur-de-lis representing north, blued-steel needle with lock-down arm, internal bubble level, outkeeper rotating dial marked 1-16, lg. 14 1/2 in.

Note: Lewis Michael apprenticed with Benjamin Rittenhouse in 1779 at an early age.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

outkeeper disk made by and signed J. Lock 2001


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

Lewis Michael, Benjamin Rittenhouse, Lewis Michael Surveyor, Circumferentor, Compass, Electromagnetism, Fleur, Fleur-de-lis, Human behavior, Measurement, Qibla compass, Rotary dial, Spirit level, Somerset