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Thomas Biggs Vernier Compass

Auction:
3230M
Lot:
375
Sold for:
$677$550

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3230M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
April 12, 2019 10:00AM

Description:

Thomas Biggs Vernier Compass, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first quarter 19th century, lacquered brass instrument with 6-in. dia. silvered dial marked "Thomas Biggs/Philadelphia," (lacking blued-steel needle), with needle lifter on underside, single bubble level, vernier and two sighting vanes.

Note: Thomas Biggs was active in New York from 1786 to 1792, and Philadelphia from 1793 to 1819. In 1819 he advertised as a distributer of surveying instruments made by Thomas Whitney. This instrument, while marked Thomas Biggs, was most likely made by Whitney around 1819.
Estimate $300-400

level, sighting vanes were machined by Robert Miller, lacking needle.


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Thomas Biggs, Thomas Whitney, Academic disciplines, Articles, Biggs, Compass, Needle, Qibla compass, Surveying, Technology, Philadelphia