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Rare Lebbeus Dod Brass Protractor and Parallel Rule

Auction:
3295M
Lot:
413
Sold for:
$1,476$1,200

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3295M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 11, 2019 10:00AM

Description:

Rare Lebbeus Dod Brass Protractor and Parallel Rule, Mendham, New Jersey, late 18th century, engraved brass instrument with protractor divided in 10 degrees 10-90-10, spring-fitted knife-edge arm, signed "L. Dod Mendham" on bottom section, and mounted to the upper portion of the stationary arm of the parallel rules that have S-shaped hinges connecting the lower knife-edge rule, overall lg. 12 in.

Note: Credited with the invention of the parallel rule protractor, Lebbeus Dod (1739-1816) was a manufacturer of mathematical instruments in New Jersey. Also known for making muskets, he served as a captain of artillery during the Revolutionary War. His three sons, Stephen, Abner, and Daniel, were also mathematical instrument and clock makers. This example has been in a New Jersey family for over three decades.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


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