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Rare Jonas Horton Phelps Vernier Compass

Auction:
3230M
Lot:
337
Sold for:
$1,599$1,300

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

Description:

Rare Jonas Horton Phelps Vernier Compass, c. 1842-44, 6 1/2-in. engraved silvered compass with fleur-de-lis representing north and reading in the center "J.H. Phelps/Troy, N.Y.," blued-steel needle with locking knob on underside, dual spirit levels mounted on north side, vernier with fine adjustment knob, lg. 15 3/4 in.

Provenance: The collection of William H. Skerritt.

Note: According to Skerritt this is one of two known examples by Phelps.
Estimate $700-900


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Keywords

William H. Skerritt, Art genres, Compass, Fleur-de-lis, Ornaments, Qibla compass, Symbols, Vernier, Visual arts