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Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany
Date/Period: 1703-1726


Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, entire view 1

Measurement: .875" x 2.5" x 2.5"

Material: Gilt brass and silvered

Condition: Instrument is very good, silver loss to bottom, one tiny screw missing.
Shrinkage to leather on top of case; leather hinge is nearly severed.

Additional Information: A fine equinoctial Compass Sundial Signed by Johann Martin
in Augsburg 48” around its edge, to which the folding hour scale and latitude arc are
attached. The hour scales graduated from 3 – 12 and 1 – 9, the latitude arc from 20 to
90 degrees, the compass with blued steel needle with abbreviations of the cardinal
directions: S/E (Septentrio for North), M/E (Meridies for South), O/R (Oriens for East)
and O/C (Occidens for West). The ring, the latitude arc and the plummet support are
finely engraved. Gilt brass, silver, table of latitudes for 32 cities on bottom of compass,
folding hour scale and latitude arc, original leather case retaining brass hook and eye.

$5,625.00

879-143


Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, entire view 2

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, entire view 3

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, entire view 4

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, entire view 5

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, detail view 1

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, detail view 2

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, detail view 3

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, detail view 4

Equinoctial Compass Sundial by Johann Martin, (1642-1721) Augsburg, Germany, back view



Whaleboat Compass, James S. Kelley, New Bedford, Inscribed “WB” [Waist Boat]
Gimbaled Dry Card Compass, Painted Machine Dovetail Joined Box


Whaleboat Compass, James S. Kelley, New Bedford, Inscribed “WB” [Waist Boat] Gimbaled Dry Card Compass, Painted Machine Dovetail Joined Box, entire view

Material: Brass bowl and frame, wood case

Condition: The inside is untouched and shows salt buildup and verdigris. The case
retains one of two cleats…it is all about “WB”.

Additional Information: Scarcely encountered compass from an actual whaleboat;
case is inscribed “WB” for waist boat…a boat carried in the waist of a whaling vessel on
the port side and usually commanded by the second mate. The compass box retaining
one cleat was mounted to underside of stern seat so it could easily be accessed and
seen by the captain or mate who stood on a narrow piece of wood across the
stern…from that position the handled the steering oar and commanded the boat.

The New Bedford City Directories provide an excellent source for tracking James S.
Kelley’s life and career in New Bedford, as the location of his business and residence
changed several times over the course of almost 30 years in the city. He first appears in
the directories in 1865 and is listed as a chronometer and watchmaker. His business is
listed at 51 Union Street (at the corner of Union and North Water Streets), and his
residence is listed at 59 Fifth Street. An advertisement also appears in the 1865
directory. In 1867, his business description changes to watchmaker, and his house is
listed at 159 County Street. In 1869, his business is listed at 83 Union Street, and his
residence is 188 Middle Street. In 1875, his residence changes again to 11 Lincoln
Street. In 1881, his business is listed at 39 William Street, and it appears that his son
(James Jr.) is either working with him or apprenticing with him during this time. The
1891 directory shows that he and his son have gone into business together, forming J.
S. Kelley & Son at 15 Purchase Street. His final appearance in the directories is in
1893, where J. S. Kelley and Son is listed at 79 William Street. We have scans of the
directories if wanted.

$1,450.00

1334-1


Whaleboat Compass, James S. Kelley, New Bedford, Inscribed “WB” [Waist Boat] Gimbaled Dry Card Compass, Painted Machine Dovetail Joined Box, entire view 2

Whaleboat Compass, James S. Kelley, New Bedford, Inscribed “WB” [Waist Boat] Gimbaled Dry Card Compass, Painted Machine Dovetail Joined Box, entire view 3



Title: Patent or Salesman’s Cased Model,
Sled with Brake & Documents
Date/Period: 1870s


Patent or Salesman’s Cased Model, Sled with Brake & Documents, entire view

Measurement: Case: 17.75 x 7.5 x 9.5", sled: 17” x 7.75 x 6 3/8”

Material: Oak, walnut, steel, and small rubber drums, braking mechanism may not
be complete, please call David to discuss.

Condition: Very good

Additional Information: An expertly constructed snow sled of mortise and tenon
joinery. The sled is contained within a dovetail joined lidded box made of poplar.
Within the case are a letter written on Carr, Crawley & Devlin, a partnership formed in
1871 and directed by Thomas Devlin a manufacturer and, capitalist.
The company was in the hardware trade and other businesses. The brief document
speaks to castings, lead time and credit. Perhaps when the sled or braking system was
manufactured, if it went into production, the maker contracted with Carr, Crawley &
Devlin to cast parts for braking system.

A memorandum dated 1878 from Towner, Landstreet & Co. having a footer for
“Goodyear’s Rubber House” discusses an order…the sled brake system utilizes two
small rubber pieces. Of course, this is solely conjecture. Also included are a postcard
and envelope.

$2,250.00

1349-2


Patent or Salesman’s Cased Model, Sled with Brake & Documents, entire view 2

Patent or Salesman’s Cased Model, Sled with Brake & Documents, entire view 3

Patent or Salesman’s Cased Model, Sled with Brake & Documents, break detail

Patent or Salesman’s Cased Model, Sled with Brake & Documents, letters detail



Title: Antique Abacus, Calculator, Original Paint
Date/Period: 19th Century


Antique Abacus, Calculator, Original Paint, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 14.75"; width: 12.25": depth: 1"

Material: Maple, paint, modern display stand

Condition: Good paint, 9 of 10 lines remain, 10 beads each

Additional Information: An Abacus in original paint with 9 lines of 10 beads each, all
retaining their original painted surface. In a turned wood frame.

$495.00

745-213


Antique Abacus, Calculator, Original Paint, entire view 2

Antique Abacus, Calculator, Original Paint, detail view



Title: Tooth Extractor, Medical Instrument, Dental Key
Date/Period: 19th Century


Tooth Extractor, Medical Instrument, Dental Key, entire view

Measurement: Length: 5.5"

Material: Steel, wood

Condition: Chips to handle terminus

Additional Information: Turnkey tooth extractor

$115.00

110-1023




Civil War Era Binoculars


Civil War Era Binoculars, entire view

Brass binoculars with black covering; brass retains about 80% of blacking; no maker mark; very good to excellent; focus is excellent; black leather case is not period. The binoculars measure 9.5-inches extended and 8.25-inches closed.

$325

459-15


Civil War Era Binoculars, side view
Civil War Era Binoculars, case view



19th Century Phrenological Head, Fowlers & Wells, N.Y.


19th Century Phrenological Head, Fowlers & Wells, N.Y., entire view

A nice early plater example retaining label: APPROVED BY FOWLERS & WELLS,
PHRENOLOGICAL CABINET, 308 BROADWAY, NEW YORK.
Height: 10.5" (Old, worn smooth chip to base as shown, does not distract.)


19th Century Phrenological Head, Fowlers & Wells, N.Y., label view

$675.00

1210-23




19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD


19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD, box & accesories view

Spencer Browning Rust worked in London from 1724 to 1840 when the name was
changed to Spencer Browning & Co. after the death of Ebenezer Rust. The successor,
Spencer Browning maintained offices at several addresses on Wapping High Street,
London and were in business until 1870. Ebony frame, ivory plate, and scale; inset ivory
is marked with the makers name and the owners name – H. DUREN / NEW YORK. The
scale engraved with initials SBR for Spencer, Browning and Rust. Brass 10-inch vernier
arm and ivory arc calibrated to 105 degrees, mirrors, shades and with an ebony handle.
Dovetailed mahogany Case with vacant brass plaque. Generally, very good, tarnishing.
(Case: 5" x 13.5" x 12")


19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD, in box view

19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD, box view

19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD, label view

19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD, detail view 1

19th Century Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD, detail view 2

$965.00

604-62




Ambrotype, Ships Master with Ebony Octant, Anonymous, 1850s to Mid-1860s


Ambrotype, Ships Master with Ebony Octant, Anonymous, 1850s to Mid-1860s, entire view

An exceedingly rare image…the subject wearing a chinstrap beard and gold watchchain
holds an octant that appears to be ebony with an ivory Vernier, pencil and nameplate;
he is seated at a table covered with a paisley cloth. The image is housed within a
Florence Manufacturing Company [Florence, Massachusetts] case.

$1,150

604-66




Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator,
Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Rare Type I
PLUMB AND LEVEL INDICATOR
MANUFACTURED BY R. PORTER NEW YORK


Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Rare Type I
PLUMB AND LEVEL INDICATOR MANUFACTURED BY R. PORTER NEW YORK, Full View

An extremely rare first type inclinometer by famed inventor, artist and publisher of Scientific
American, true Renaissance man- Rufus Porter…only the third we have handled in nearly forty-years!
A very special piece of Americana that speaks to multiple collecting interests;
appealing to level/tool enthusiasts and to followers of Rufus Porter.

Porter inclinometers of any type are very rare, the first type is almost unknown.
This is destined to be the highlight of any advanced collection of inclinometers/levels.

The illustrated dial is printed on paper; dial face depicts masons using the device to construct/level a wall.
The engraving is clear and mostly complete with some water damage and three small paper losses at lower left,
the indicator needle retains 50% of original bluing and about 85% of weight gilding. The 8.75” glass appears to be original.

Based on when Porter first advertised his inclinometer in Scientific American (Vol. 2, No. 11, Dec. 5, 1846),
it is believed he developed this device in early 1846. While the later versions are marked “patent applied for”,
no known patent was granted. Whereas so few of Porter's levels are known,
we assume that he didn't produce these in quantity or for very long.

Spandrels center the chapter ring framing depiction of masons using the device.
Finely joined walnut frame retains original finish; likely original glass.
(8.75 by 8.75”)


Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Rare Type I
PLUMB AND LEVEL INDICATOR MANUFACTURED BY R. PORTER NEW YORK, Detailed View

Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Rare Type I
PLUMB AND LEVEL INDICATOR MANUFACTURED BY R. PORTER NEW YORK, Back View

$4,225.00

987-33




Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59”
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended


Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59” 
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended, entire view 1

Slightly tapered two-inch main tube with an unsigned single-draw brass tube, original
lenses and components are intact including rings, eyepiece and objective lens with
sliding dust shades. Optical condition is excellent, instrument focuses well, distant
images are magnified sharply. Overall condition is very good, commensurate with age
and use. Small tight shrinkage fissures and miniscule areas of fill at screws.


Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59” 
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended, entire view 2

Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59” 
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended, detail view 1

Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59” 
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended, detail view 2

Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59” 
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended, detail view 3

Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59” 
Probably London
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended, detail view 4

$2,475.00

604-63




Antique, Campaign Style Cady or Instrument Box
Likely English, circa 1850
Mahogany


Antique, Campaign Style Cady or Instrument Box
Likely English, circa 1850
Mahogany, entire view 1

The lift-lid with gently chamfered edges retaining original brass hinges opens to reveal a
plain interior over a drawer featuring an inlayed flush brass handle; box retains lock and
brass escutcheon. The drawer is missing a few removeable dividers, else fine.
(Height: 7.5"; width: 6.75"; depth: 7")


Antique, Campaign Style Cady or Instrument Box
Likely English, circa 1850
Mahogany, entire view 2

$395.00

410-173




Scarificator, Brass & Steel, Octagon, 4 Blade
Unknown Maker, 19th Century


Scarificator, Brass & Steel, Octagon, 4 Blade
Unknown Maker, 19th Century, entire view

A working spring-loaded lever creating an instantaneous series of parallel cuts in the
skin of the patient; temple size. (2.25 x 1.25 x 1.25")

$295.00

110-961




Nuremberg Single Hand Reading Magnifying Glass, Circa 1680-1750
SIGNED Embossed Copper Alloy Mount; Wire Binding Secures Mount
J. E. MAY SEEL.ERE - IOH.HIERONIMUS SCHNEIDER -- IOH.ERHARD MAY SEEL.ERE


Nuremberg Single Hand Reading Magnifying Glass, Circa 1680-1750
SIGNED Embossed Copper Alloy Mount; Wire Binding Secures Mount
J. E. MAY SEEL.ERE - IOH.HIERONIMUS SCHNEIDER -- IOH.ERHARD MAY SEEL.ERE, entire view 1

(The signature envelops the mount; diameter: 2.75”, length: 4.5”)


Nuremberg Single Hand Reading Magnifying Glass, Circa 1680-1750
SIGNED Embossed Copper Alloy Mount; Wire Binding Secures Mount
J. E. MAY SEEL.ERE - IOH.HIERONIMUS SCHNEIDER -- IOH.ERHARD MAY SEEL.ERE, entire view 2

Nuremberg Single Hand Reading Magnifying Glass, Circa 1680-1750
SIGNED Embossed Copper Alloy Mount; Wire Binding Secures Mount
J. E. MAY SEEL.ERE - IOH.HIERONIMUS SCHNEIDER -- IOH.ERHARD MAY SEEL.ERE, signature detail

$475.00

1245-9




Cameraphone,
Rare Antique Portable Gramophone Record Player,
Pet-O-Phone Antique Windup Phonograph...Working Condition, Germany, 1920s Super Rare Tortoise Horn Speaker,
78-RPM, On/Off & Speed Adjustment Controls


 Cameraphone, <br>Rare Antique Portable Gramophone Record Player, Pet-O-Phone

Spring-wound phonograph in the style of a leather-bound box camera. The tortoise shell sound bubble is received by the tone arm...produces loud volume and clarity. Leather bound case...working condition.
(5.5" x 6.5" x 4.25")


 Cameraphone, <br>Rare Antique Portable Gramophone Record Player, Pet-O-Phone

$395.00

604-53




Surgeons Saw, Amputation, Steel and Brass, Ebonized Handle
Possibly Giannattasio
19th Century


Surgeons Saw, Amputation, Steel and Brass, Ebonized Handle
Possibly Giannattasio
19th Century, entire view

Small chip to saw blade handle with all else fine.
Dimensions: 16.5" L.

$1,200

570-411


Surgeons Saw, Amputation, Steel and Brass, Ebonized Handle
Possibly Giannattasio
19th Century, scale view
Surgeons Saw, Amputation, Steel and Brass, Ebonized Handle
Possibly Giannattasio
19th Century, mark detail



Magic Lantern, Perfekt J.S., Manufactured by
Jean Schoenner, with 12-Slides, Late 19th C.
German, Childs Box-Form Lantern, Paper Covered
& Lined Box, Lens & Chimney


 Magic Lantern, Perfekt J.S., Manufactured by Jean Schoenner, with 12-Slides, Late 19th C.

Retains reflector, chimney and adjustable lens; 95% bluing (Missing paraffin burner; 10.25" x 7.25" x 5.5")


 Magic Lantern, Perfekt J.S., Manufactured by Jean Schoenner, with 12-Slides, Late 19th C.

 Magic Lantern, Perfekt J.S., Manufactured by Jean Schoenner, with 12-Slides, Late 19th C.

 Magic Lantern, Perfekt J.S., Manufactured by Jean Schoenner, with 12-Slides, Late 19th C.

$275.00

1253-11




Antique Stick Barometer, Timby’s Patent 1857, Rosewood Case


Antique Stick Barometer, Timby's Patent, 1857, angle view

(32 by 2.5 by 2”)

$1,125

632-42


Antique Stick Barometer, Timby's Patent, 1857, close up view
Antique Stick Barometer, Timby's Patent, 1857, instructions detail
Antique Stick Barometer, Timby's Patent, 1857, patent detail
Antique Stick Barometer, Timby's Patent, 1857, label detail



Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Fine and Rare
Signed, R. PORTER, PATENT APPLIED FOR


Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Fine and Rare
Signed, entire view

An excellent example of a very rare tool by famed inventor, artist and publisher of Scientific American, true Renaissance man- Rufus Porter; only the second we have handled in more than thirty-years! We think that this is a very special piece of Americana that speaks to multiple collecting interests; appealing to level/tool enthusiasts and to followers of Rufus Porter. The illustrated dial face depicting masons using the device to construct a wall features spandrels centered by a star in each corner. Finely joined mahogany frame retaining original finish; the weighted pointer retains original bluing; original glass.

$5,650

987-21


Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Fine and Rare
Signed, back view



Spring Fleams, Lancets, Engraved, Packtong
Sold separately


Spring Fleams, Lancets, Engraved, Packtong, entire view

Brass Spring Fleam, Lancet, Engraved
Anonymous
In Fitted Leather Case

Trigger type brass and steel fleam. The fleam is within a fitted brown leather case with tan lining. Remains in good condition. (L: 2.5")
$225
691-12

Spring Fleam, Lancet, Packtong
German
In Fitted Leather Case

Trigger type silver alloy and steel fleam. The fleam is within a fitted red leather case with a brown brushed cotton lining. Fleam remains in good condition, case with losses as depicted. (L: 2.5")
$285
691-13




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