WILLIAM J. YOUNG VERNIER SURVEYING COMPASS ca. 1840's
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1840's WILLIAM J. YOUNG VERNIER COMPASSDescription: For your consideration is this beautifully patina'd brass vernier compass marked" William J. Young, (maker Philadelphia)". This compass is identical to a " Young compass" on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, see: /collections/surveying/object.cfm?recordnumber=745793 for additional info and description . Auctioning one mahogany dovetailed fitted case; containing a brass vernier compass and cover @ 15"L, having a 5.6"L dial. Included in case are 2 brass sighting vanes (w/screws), and mounting post for tripod. Original tripod is included w/this sale. Approx. combined weight is 23.5 lbs. It will be necessary to ship separate, (tripod & compass).
Condition: Well cared for instrument I,ve owned for more than 15 years, it came from N.J. estate. Everything works...Compass; All adjustments , dial and needle, all good. Only issue w/compass is light fog on bubble level glass, still has liquid. Tripod; Stiff leg; appears to be mahogany (not sure). The original screws that hold legs to tripod head are missing on 2 of the legs. They are replaced. Will be providing additional photo's. I have set a reasonable reserve price, but I don't belive it prove to be much of a hinderance...
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