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John Heilig Brass Surveyor's Compass

Auction:
3230M
Lot:
404
Sold for:
$3,998$3,250

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

Description:

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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Keywords

Susanna Rittenhouse, Matthais Rittenhouse, Germantown, Pennsburg, Art genres, Caspar Schwenckfeld, David Rittenhouse, Decorative arts, Germantown, Philadelphia, Heilig, National Register of Historic Places in Philadelphia, Rittenhouse, Schwenkfelder Church, Symbols, Transit of Venus, University of Pennsylvania