AUCTION : 0518

Instruments 

Clock, Watch, Jewelry, Nautical Instruments & Antiques Auction

Clocks & Clockmaker's Shop featuring rare French Industrial Series
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30am: LOTS 1 - 598
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am. Limited Watch Preview Extended Until 12pm.

Precision Timepieces, Important Watches, Nautical Instruments, Marine Clocks, Jewelry & Antiques
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10am: LOTS 599 - 1192
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am & Sunday, May 20 at 8am to 9:45am 
 

The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel), Manchester, NH

Nautical and Scientific Instruments

Lot#: 672

DESCRIPTION: C. Plath, Hamburg, Germany, 6 inch radius drum sextant, skeletonized black anodized aluminum frame, graduated arc reading from -5 to +125 degrees with the Plath's "sun shooter" logo on the left end, index arm with German kriegsmarine logo and issue number, micrometer drum adjustment, three sets of shades for horizon glass and four shades for the index mirror, sighting scope, and black plastic handle with impressed Plath logo, all in a finger-jointed wooden case with inner kriegsmarine test certificate dated May 25th, 1944.
CONDITION: these rare instruments were often issued to German U-boats during the Second World War. This example is in excellent condition Shades and mirrors are fine. Index arm moves freely and locks securely. Micrometer drum moves freely with no discernible backlash. There a few tiny losses to the anodizing on frame below horizon shades. The wooden case is missing a small metal plaque above the handle, but includes a brush, lens cap, and specialized wrench. The index arm is imprinted with the eagle-over-M logo, indicating that it is kriegsmarine issue and issue number 9138. Test certificate inside of the box lid is in excellent condition listing the same serial number (24924) that is on right end of the graduated arc as well as a kriegsmarine stamp and signature. Dimensions provided are for the wooden case.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $850
CIRCA: 1944
DIMENSIONS: 6.5in x 12.5in x 12.5in

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Lot#: 673

DESCRIPTION: Edward Troughton, London, double or pillar frame brass sextant, 10 inch radius, twin brass frames engraved "No. 93" connected by pillars, large graduated arc measuring 13.75 inches across reading "Troughton- London" and divided from -5 to 155, knurled tangent screw for vernier adjustment, four index and horizon mirror shades, three telescopes, walnut handle, all in a keystone-shaped dovetailed wooden box with later retailer label.
CONDITION: Heavy verdigris on brass. The index magnifier assembly is missing. The horizon mirror and mount look like later replacements. Index mirror and sun shades are in good condition Top of wooden case has a crack on one corner. Though the instrument has three telescopes the case appears to have a spot for a fourth. Edward Troughton (1753-1835) was a British instrument maker who invented the double frame sextant in 1788. The signature on the arc is hard to read but compares favorably with other examples of instruments signed by Troughton. The low serial number and size of this instrument suggests that it is an early version of this design. Dimensions are for the closed wooden box.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $425
CIRCA: 1795
DIMENSIONS: 5.25in x 15.5in x 13.25in

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Lot#: 674

DESCRIPTION: Hall Colby, New York, "Altimeter" or gravity sextant, lacquered brass, 9.5 inch sighting tube atop a graduated brass arc reading 90 to 0 to 90. Center of arc reads "HALL COLBY / ALTIMETER / Patent Applied For / No. 21". Two vernier scales, one for the "ALTITUDE" scale showing degrees from a horizontal axis and one for the "ZENITH" scale showing degrees from a vertical axis. Free-swinging pendulum establishes a vertical line of reference against which the angles are measured. Spring-loaded pin locks pendulum when a reading has been made.
CONDITION: The initial patent in England was granted in 1855. The improved patent in the U.S. was granted in 1870. The pending patent indicated on this instrument makes this an earlier model than most examples. Lacquer has turned brown and is missing in spots. One of the screws that holds the handle on is missing. Swinging pendulum moves freely. Locking pin works. By design, the unit has no mirrors or lenses. Comes in mismatched wood case for a different type of sextant.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $180
CIRCA: 1860
DIMENSIONS: 8in x 9.5in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 675

DESCRIPTION: Tamaya Nautech, Japan, Model 733 sextant, 6.5 inch radius, black aluminum alloy frame with bronze arc reading 0-120, micrometer drum, multiple shades for horizon and index mirrors, 4x power and 6x power sighting scopes, battery compartment in the black plastic handle, all in finger-jointed mahogany case, serial number 37961, dated 1977.
CONDITION: The 6x power scope is loose on its mounting arm. Some veneer losses to the lid of wooden box.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1000
PRICE SOLD: $300
CIRCA: 1977
DIMENSIONS: 6.5in x 11in x 11in

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Lot#: 676

DESCRIPTION: C. Plath, Hamburg, Germany, brass sextant, 6 inch radius, triple circle frame, signed brass arc with Plath's "Sun Seeker" logo and inset silvered arc graduated from -5 to 155, brass tangent screw for vernier adjustment, index with magnifier and frosted glass shade, multiple shades for index and horizon mirrors, three sighting telescopes, and hardwood handle, all in a felt-lined finger-jointed mahogany box with accessories.
CONDITION: A nearly complete set with only one empty spot in the case. Brass has patina and fingerprints from use. Silvered scale has tarnished a bit. Sun shades and mirrors are in good condition. Serial number 5231 is found on the graduated arc and the wooden case. A handsome instrument. Dimensions are for closed wood case.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $750
CIRCA: 1925
DIMENSIONS: 5.75in x 10.25in x 10.5in

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Lot#: 677

DESCRIPTION: C. Plath, Hamburg, Germany, brass sextant, 7 inch radius, pierced brass frame, signed brass arc with Plath's "Sun Seeker" logo and inset silvered arc graduated from -5 to 155, brass tangent screw for vernier adjustment, index magnifier, multiple shades for index and horizon mirrors, three sighting telescopes, and hardwood handle, all in a finger-jointed mahogany box with accessories.
CONDITION: Close to a complete set with only two empty spots in the case -- one for the pointed wrench. Frosted glass shade over index is missing. Brass has a nice, slightly red patina. Silvered scale has darkened. Sun shades and mirrors are in good condition. Serial number 7874 is found on the graduated arc and stamped on the wooden case. Bail handle is missing the hand loop. Dimensions are for closed wood case.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $110
DIMENSIONS: 5.5in x 11.25in x 11.5in

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Lot#: 678

DESCRIPTION: Cassens & Plath, Germany, "Full-Vision Sextant", 160mm radius, metal frame with matte black finish, signed brass arc with graduations from -5 to125, micrometer vernier adjustment, multiple shades for horizon and index mirrors, 4x40 and 6x60 sighting scopes, lighting lamp, and black plastic handle, all in finger-jointed mahogany box with original paperwork dated 1986.
CONDITION: This vintage instrument is in excellent condition The arm that hold the instrument within the case has broken.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1986
DIMENSIONS: 7in x 12.5in x 12.5in

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Lot#: 679

DESCRIPTION: Janet Taylor, London, 7.5 inch radius, black metal ladder frame, brass arc signed Mrs. Janet Taylor, 104 Minories, London" with inset silver scale with graduations reading -5 to 150, tangent screw vernier adjustment, index magnifier, sighting telescopes, multiple sun shades for index and horizon mirrors, ebony handle, all in a felt-lined dovetailed mahogany box with accessories.
CONDITION: The set is only missing a shade that screws on to the end of the telescopes. There is some type of dried black residue on the lid of the box. The sextant is in good condition. Janet Taylor was a famous English astronomer and navigation expert in the 1800s. She wrote many books, founded a science academy, invented improvements to marine instruments, and ran a nautical instrument company. The signature on the brass arc is worn, but there is little doubt that it is her name and London address.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $625
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 5in x 10.75in x 9.5in

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Lot#: 680

DESCRIPTION: Keuffel & Esser Co., New York, for U.S. Navy, brass sextant, 6 inch radius, pierced brass frame, signed brass arc with inset silvered arc graduated from -5 to 145, outboard tangent screw for vernier adjustment, index with magnifier and frosted glass shade, multiple shades for index and horizon mirrors, three sighting telescopes, and ebony handle, all in a dovetailed mahogany box with accessories, inset Naval plaque, paper labels, and certificate under the lid dated 1918.
CONDITION: Largely complete with just two empty spots within the fitted case. Serial number 4696 is found on the instrument, Navy plaque, and wood case. Three paper labels under the lid. Brass has a nice old patina. Shades are good. There is a crack in the horizon mirror. Dimensions are for the wooden case.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $275
DIMENSIONS: 5.5in x 9in x 9in

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Lot#: 681

DESCRIPTION: C. Plath, Hamburg, Germany, "Micrometer Sextant", 160mm radius, metal frame with black finish, brass arc with graduations from -5 to125 and Plath's "Sun Seeker" logo, micrometer vernier adjustment, multiple shades for horizon and index mirrors, 4x40 sighting scope, lighting lamp, and black plastic handle, all in mahogany box with locking dado joints, original paperwork dated 1970.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $180
CIRCA: 1970
DIMENSIONS: 7in x 12in x 12in

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Lot#: 682

DESCRIPTION: John Lilley & Son, London, mariner's octant or reflecting quadrant, 11.75 inch radius, ebony frame with brass arm and fittings, threaded pencil cap and inlaid name plate on the crossbar reading "Lilley * London", inlaid graduated arc reading -5 to 100, vernier scale marked from 0 to 20 arc minutes, knurled brass tangent and locking screws, three sun shades (one green and two red), back sight vane with one hole, and forsight vane with two pinholes and swiveling red glass shutter, all in a stepped oak keystone box that has been painted green.
CONDITION: Instrument appears to be complete. The brass has some tarnish and fingerprints from years of use. Mirrors are present but silvering has deteriorated some, especially around the edges. Solid wood frame and legible inlays. Oak case has an old coat of green paint and some of the brass hardware has been replaced.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $375
CIRCA: 1825
DIMENSIONS: 14.5in x 13.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 683

DESCRIPTION: Kelvin & Hughes Ltd., London, 7 inch radius sextant, pierced black metal frame, signed brass arc with inset silvered arc graduated from -5 to 125, index arm with K&H logo, micrometer drum vernier adjustment, index lamp, multiple shades for index and horizon mirrors, sighting telescopes, auxiliary lamp, and black plastic handle with battery compartment all in a finger-jointed case with certificate under the lid dated 1955.
CONDITION: There is a crack in the top of the box and the inset plaque is missing. Index and horizon mirrors have been removed, but are included. There is tarnish on the silvered arc. This large set is not entirely complete as indicated by empty spots in case. Dimensions are for wood box.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $225
DIMENSIONS: 6in x 12in x 12.5in

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Lot#: 684

DESCRIPTION: T.S. & J.D. Negus, New York, "Negus Improved Taffrail Log", gray painted brass body with enamel dial reading to 100 and subsidiary dial reading to 10, two brass rotors, mounting shoes, and other accessories, all in a fitted wood box with paper label on the outside and directions under the lid, as well as a hand-written note on the top of the lid reading "Note: Do not sell log without permission from Mr. Negus", patented 1892.
CONDITION: Good overall condition with a few small paint chips. The handwritten note on the top of the box may indicate that this unit was kept as a store display model. Dimensions provided are for closed wooden box.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $325
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 9in x 22.5in x 8.75in

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Lot#: 685

DESCRIPTION: C. Plath, Hamburg, Germany, "Navistar Professional" sextant, 6 inch radius, black aluminum alloy frame. signed arc with Plath "Sun Seeker" logo and graduated from -5 to 125, micrometer drum adjustment two index shades for horizon and index mirrors, 4x40 Galilean telescope, high-impact plastic handle, all in a molded plastic case with fitted inserts to hold the instrument.
CONDITION: Despite some dust, the sextant looks to be in very good condition The case contains a brush, but is missing its wrench. Dimensions are for the black plastic case.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $140
CIRCA: 1980
DIMENSIONS: 7in x 14in x 13in

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Lot#: 686

DESCRIPTION: E.S. Ritchie & Sons Inc., Boston, Mass., brass binnacle, 5 inch liquid-filled compass signed "Negus" on gimballed mount covered by a hexagonal glazed brass case, two of the glasses with vertical sight lines, all on a cylindrical brass stand with flange base.
CONDITION: Brass has a dark patina. There is one dent in the brass bowl that surrounds the compass. One of the truncated triangular glasses is absent. Compass appears to work properly.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $750
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 41in x 11.5in x 11.5in

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Lot#: 687

DESCRIPTION: General Electric Co., USA, "Type TL Taffrail Log", gray painted metal body with white enamel dial reading to 100 and subsidiary dial reading to 10, black metal rotor, mounting shoes, rope, and other accessories, all in a fitted wood box.
CONDITION: Repair tag on log indicates that it was inspected at the U.S. Navy Observatory Repair Shop in March of 1944. The unit has some verdigris on it, but is in generally good condition. Some parts may be missing.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $120
CIRCA: 1940
DIMENSIONS: 8in x 2.5in x 11.75in

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Lot#: 688

DESCRIPTION: H. Hughes & Son Ltd., London, 7 inch sextant, pierced metal frame with black crinkle finish, signed brass arc with silvered scale, the graduations from -10 to 135, micrometer drum adjustment, index lamp, multiple shades for horizon and index mirrors, sighting scopes, and wood handle with battery compartment, all in finger-jointed mahogany box with a certificate from the National Physical Laboratory with a signature from its director, Sir C.G. Darwin dated 1940.
CONDITION: Set appears mostly compete with only one empty spot in the fitted wood case. Silvered scale has tarnished. Mirrors and shades are in good condition Wood handle with battery compartment looks clean. Unit was not tested. Sir C.G. Darwin was a physicist who served as director of the National Physical Laboratory during WW II. He was the grandson of Charles Darwin.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $200
DIMENSIONS: 5.5in x 11in x 11in

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Lot#: 689

DESCRIPTION: Henry Hughes & Son, London, for Royal Air Force, 3.5 inch radius aeronautical sextant, metal frame with black crinkle finish, graduated brass arc with inset silvered scale reading -5 to 120, index arm imprinted with Air Ministry logo of an "AM" under a king's crown and "REF. 6B/177", micrometer drum vernier adjustment multiple shades for index and horizon mirrors, sighting scope with eye shade, walnut handle, all in a finger-jointed mahogany box with accessories and HUSUN certificate dated 1941.
CONDITION: Full complement of accessories include oil, pointed wrench, and box key. Silvered scale has tarnished somewhat. Rubber eye shade has hardened. Sun shades and index mirror are in good condition. Horizon mirror is missing. Very nice condition for a rare artifact. Dimensions are for closed wooden case.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $225
CIRCA: 1941
DIMENSIONS: 5.5in x 8.5in x 8.5in

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Lot#: 690

DESCRIPTION: Instrument maker's trade sign, thick wooden board and batten construction with arched top, molded edges, black background with red and gold trim and hand-painted lettering reading "Jos Willan / Boston / Est. 1851 / Instrument Maker", applied sculptural elements made of wood and sheet copper include an inverted pair of dividers and an octant with partial signature.
CONDITION: Probably a reproduction made with some old materials, a skilled artist went to great lengths to artificially age and distress this handsome sign in a convincing manner. The age of the reproduction itself adds to the verisimilitude.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $375
DIMENSIONS: 36.5in x 24in x 5in

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Lot#: 691

DESCRIPTION: Instruments: 2 (Two) Compensated Ship's Binnacles: (1) Ship's binnacle, cylindrical oak stand, topped by a brass helmet with circular viewing window and top cap, enclosing a gimbaled 8 inch dry card compass marked Lord Kelvin, London. (2) Negus, New York, compensating ship's binnacle, cylindrical mahogany stand topped by a brass helmet with integrated oil lantern, lidded side viewing window and circular top window, enclosing a gimbaled 6 inch compass signed by Kelvin & White.
CONDITION: (1) Helmet has a dark, uneven patina. The quadrantal corrector mountings are present but the pair of soft iron spheres are absent. Large and heavy if shipping is a consideration. Glass of compass has many cracks. (2) Lacquer on brass helmet has turned dark brown. The quadrantal corrector mountings are present but the two soft iron spheres are absent. The oil lamp is missing a screw on one side of the handle. Large and heavy if shipping is a consideration. Sold "as is".
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $600
CIRCA: 1930
DIMENSIONS: 53in x 30in x 19in

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Lot#: 692

DESCRIPTION: J. Prentice, New York, "Captain Douglas" reflecting circle or reflecting alidade, lacquered brass, straight-edge engraved "J. Prentice", "283", and "New York", protractor arc graduated from 0 to 130, central crosshair reticle, swinging plotting arm with vernier scale graduated from 0 to 30, sighting vane, half-silvered mirror, and index reflector, all in a felt-lined wooden case. This instrument is named after its inventor, Sir Howard Douglas, renowned British military engineer.
CONDITION: Original wooden case has been reglued. Felt lining is a bit loose. Some of the lacquer protecting the brass is starting to darken. Mirrors are in tact, but a bit foggy. Swing arm are moves smoothly. J. Prentice had an advertisement listed in a New York business directory in 1845.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $400
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 2.25in x 7.5in x 5in

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Lot#: 693

DESCRIPTION: Josef Schablass, Vienna, Austria, equinoctial or equatorial sundial, folding gnomon mounted in hinged brass hour ring marked with both Roman and Arabic numerals, signed "J. Schablass in Wien" and "No. 48", brass latitude arc reading 0-90, glazed compass with 2.5 inch silvered dial, the cardinal points abbreviated in German, blued steel compass needle, circular brass base with three adjustable feet and needle-locking knob, all in fitted wood case with Schablass paper label under the lid.
CONDITION: An equinoctial or, more commonly, an equatorial sundial is one in which the dial plate is parallel to the equatorial plane and the gnomon is perpendicular to it. Joseph Schablass was an Austrian maker of scientific instruments located in Vienna in the early-to-mid 19th Century. The brass is slightly tarnished, but the engraved numbers and lines read very well. The silvered dial is in excellent condition. The compass is functional. The needle-locking knob is difficult to turn and not currently engaged to stop the needle. The lacquer under the circular base is starting to turn brown. There is a very nice green paper label under the lid of the box. The base of box has a large split spanning the width of the case. A warp in the lid of the box prevents it from closing completely. Dimensions provided are for the wood case.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $400
CIRCA: 1840
DIMENSIONS: 2.25in x 6.75in x 6.5in

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Lot#: 694

DESCRIPTION: M. Low, New York, for U.S. Navy "US Navy MK-3, Mod-0" sextant, 6.5 inch radius, black metal frame, Navy identification on index arm and mount for index mirror, graduated arc reading 0-120, micrometer drum, shades for horizon and index mirrors, sighting scope, and black plastic handle with battery compartment, all in mahogany box with plaque reading "U.S. Naval Ships Systems Command" with a certificate dated 1970.
CONDITION: Overall very good condition Battery compartment is clean. Many accessories are in the case. Dimensions are for closed wooden box.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $200
CIRCA: 1970
DIMENSIONS: 8in x 12in x 12in

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Lot#: 695

DESCRIPTION: Magna Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, Yamatar Model TT-701 sextant, 5 inch radius, metal frame with black crinkle finish, graduated brass arc reading 0-110, micrometer drum, dual shades for both horizon and index mirrors, 3x power sighting scope, black plastic handle, all in finger-jointed mahogany case, serial number 76583, dated 1976.
CONDITION: Excellent overall condition. The inspection certificate inside of lid indicates that the instrument requires no corrections. Dimensions provided are for the closed wooden box.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $130
CIRCA: 1976
DIMENSIONS: 5in x 9.5in x 8.5in

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Lot#: 696

DESCRIPTION: Weems & Plath, Germany, "Micrometer Sextant with Astigmatizer Lens", 160mm radius, metal frame with black finish, signed brass arc with graduations from -5 to125, micrometer vernier adjustment, multiple shades for horizon and index mirrors, 4x40 sighting scope, lighting lamp, and black plastic handle, all in a finger-jointed mahogany box with a certificate under the lid dated 1976.
CONDITION: Very good overall condition. The swinging arm the locks the instrument inside the case has broken off, but is an easy repair.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $120
CIRCA: 1976
DIMENSIONS: 7in x 12in x 12in

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Lot#: 697

DESCRIPTION: E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Pembroke, MA, brass binnacle, 5 inch liquid-filled compass on gimballed mount covered by a domed brass lid with two sliding doors flanked by lid handles, all on a cylindrical brass stand with flange base.
CONDITION: Dark oxide stains on base add to character and attest to its history. Compass is working.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $325
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 28.5in x 10in x 9in

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Lot#: 698

DESCRIPTION: T.S. & J.D. Negus, New York, "Negus Taffrail Log", gray painted metal body with white enamel dial reading to 100 and subsidiary dial reading to 10, metal rotor, mounting shoes, rope, and other accessories, all in a fitted wood box, patented 1892.
CONDITION: The case shows signs of wear and use, but the log is in excellent condition. The set appears complete, but parts may be missing. The unit was not tested. Dimensions are for the closed wood box.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $130
CIRCA: 1920
DIMENSIONS: 8.5in x 21.5in x 11.75in

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Lot#: 699

DESCRIPTION: C. Plath, Hamburg, Germany, micrometer sextant, 160mm radius, metal frame with black finish, signed brass arc with graduations from -5 to125 and Plath's "Sun Seeker" logo, micrometer drum vernier adjustment, multiple shades for horizon and index mirrors, 6x30 sighting scope, lighting lamp, and black plastic handle, all in a mahogany box.
CONDITION: Graduated brass arc has a dark patina. Some loss of black finish on frame and telescope. Batteries in handle have corroded. Handle also features the Plath stick figure logo. Mirrors and shades look good.
ESTIMATE: $250 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $140
CIRCA: 1962
DIMENSIONS: 7in x 12in x 12in

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Lot#: 700

DESCRIPTION: M. Low, New York for U.S. Navy, "Mark III, Model 0" sextant, 6.5 inch radius, black metal frames, Navy identification on index arm and rear of index mirror holder, graduated arc reading -5 to125, micrometer drum, shades for horizon and index mirrors, sighting scopes, push-button illumination, and black plastic handle, all in wood box with certificate under the lid dated 1973.
CONDITION: Box has a worn finish, but retains its black plastic identification plaque. Black finish is coming off of frame in spots. Foam inside case is somewhat worn. Mirrors and sun shades look good. Some empty spots in the fitted case.
ESTIMATE: $250 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $120
CIRCA: 1973
DIMENSIONS: 8.25in x 12in x 12in

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Lot#: 701

DESCRIPTION: Instruments- 2 (Two) Brass Binnacles: John E. Hand, Philadelphia, gimbal-mounted 6.5 inch wet-card compasses within heavy brass bases, one nickel plated, dome tops with knurled hand screws and sliding doors to cover viewing port, both electrically illuminated.
CONDITION: One of the binnacles has a nickel plated stand and unplated brass lid. The edge of the stand has a large flat dent which prevents the lid from closing in that direction. The compass in the all brass binnacle will need to be reinstalled properly. Both power cords for the light bulbs have been cut. Both compasses appear to work, but were not tested extensively.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $200
CIRCA: 1940
DIMENSIONS: 16in x 14.5in x 13in

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Lot#: 702

DESCRIPTION: Instruments- 2 (Two) Surveying: (1) W. & L.E. Gurley, Troy, New York, "20 Inch Wye Level", telescope with dark green finish inscribed "President Borough of Richmond- 1935", 7.5 inch bubble level mounted below the scope, rotating tripod mount with four adjustable screw feet, in a fitted mahogaNew York case with metal plaque. (2) Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, New York, engineer's precise level, 15 inch telescope with a dark green finish, 5 inch bubble level mounted to one side, rotating tripod mount with four adjustable screw feet, in a fitted mahogaNew York case with paper label under the lid.
CONDITION: (1) Dark green finish has a lovely craquelure with a very few losses and scratches on the telescope. Some accessories missing from wooden case. No tripod. Leather strap on case is absent. (2) Green finish on telescope is dark and dirty from use. Black paint on tripod mount has flaked off in spots. No lens cap. The instrument itself is not signed. There is a cryptic message hand-written on the outside of the box that reads "Feb 25th / Ford Theatre / 1864". Dimensions are for the Gurley's wooden case.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $275
CIRCA: 1935
DIMENSIONS: 10in x 21.25in x 6in

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Lot#: 703

DESCRIPTION: Instruments- 2 (Two) Weather Instruments: (1) W. Ludolph, Bremerhaven, Germany, "Cyklonometer", instrument for analyzing typhoon activity, brass case, 7 inch signed silver dial in two parts with compass rose on the outside and adjustable inner portion with arrows representing wind vectors, two adjustable cursors over the glass, one with distance markings. (2) Ross, London, "Intrepid" compensated barometer, 4 inch finely engraved silvered dial, blued steel pointer and adjustable needle on the inner edge of the bezel, all beneath beveled glass.
CONDITION: (1) Brass case has a slightly uneven patina, probably from the protective lacquer degrading. Dial is lightly tarnished. Wind vector dial is rotated by depressing then turning the center knob. Cursors are somewhat tarnished. Packaging tape residue on the back. An unusual instrument. (2) Small scratches to the finish of brass case. Dial is in excellent condition Back plate has darkened. Dimensions are for the Cyklonometer.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $200
DIMENSIONS: 8.75in x 8.75in x 3in

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Lot#: 704

DESCRIPTION: Instruments- 2 (Two) Stadimeters: Schick Incorporated, Stamford, Conn., for U.S. Navy and U.S. Maritime Commission, stadimeters (optical ranger finders), pierced metal frames with black crinkle finish, silvered scales for inputting ship's mast height in feet from 50 to 200, brass worm and screws, mirrors, telescopes, drums with magnifiers to display distance to sighted ship in yards, and wood handles, all in fitted wood boxes, dated 1942 and 1943.
CONDITION: Instruments and cases show wear commensurate with age and use. Dimensions are for closed wood case.
ESTIMATE: $250 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $120
CIRCA: 1943
DIMENSIONS: 6.5in x 12.5in x 7in

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Lot#: 705

DESCRIPTION: Instruments- 2 (Two) U.S. Navy Peloruses: Kelvin & Wilfred O. White Co., Boston, "U.S. Navy Standard Pelorus", 7.5 inch white illuminated dial, sighting vanes with dark glass reflector, concentric locking knobs, the instruments gimbal-mounted in finger-jointed mahogany boxes with paper instruction cards and mounting brackets.
CONDITION: Only one of the two has the Navy identification plaque on the box and instrument. Boxes have some wear and damage from years of use. One case is missing its brass hardware. Dimensions are for wooden box.
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $90
CIRCA: 1942
DIMENSIONS: 11.75in x 12in x 11.75in

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Lot#: 706

DESCRIPTION: Nautical Instruments- 4 (Four) U.S. Navy Telescopic Alidades: makers include Ajax Engineering, Chicago, and Photogrammetric Instruments, Pasadena, CA. Models include a Mark II-2 (1941), two Mark II-3 (1941), and a Mark 4-0 (1944): All come in fitted wood boxes with brass hardware.
CONDITION: The telescopic alidade is for use on a compass, gyro-compass repeater, or pelorus stand to take bearings on distant objects when greater accuracy is required compared to a standard azimuth circle or bearing circle. The cases and instruments show wear commensurate with age and use. Parts may be missing. Dimensions are for wood case.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $90
CIRCA: 1941
DIMENSIONS: 6in x 15in x 14in

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Lot#: 707

DESCRIPTION: Spring-Driven Devices- 7 (Seven): items in this lot include a spring-driven fan in wood box, street clock movement with steel plates, Tork time switch, a large spring-driven motor possibly for an alarm, two time recorder movements, and an unusual long-duration movement inside of a metal canister with carrying handle.
CONDITION: Sold "as is".
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $120

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