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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
3230M Marlborough
April 12, 2019 10:00 AMCalender

John Heilig Brass Surveyor's Compass

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


John Heilig Brass Surveyor's Compass, c. 1800, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 7-in. silvered dial engraved with a fleur-de-lis representing north, raised brass center boss engraved "John Heilig. Germantown," outer scale divided in four quadrants, blued-steel needle with needle lifter on underside, circular-cased level, one arm engraved with the letter "N," and vernier knob on underside.

Note: Similar instruments are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. According to the Schwenkfelder Library, John Heilig was married to Susanna Rittenhouse, sister to Matthais Rittenhouse, the father of David Rittenhouse.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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Susanna Rittenhouse, Matthais Rittenhouse, Pennsburg, Germantown