Antique Octant Owned by Captain Job Terry, New Bedford, Case with Label
Case with label of John H. WHEELER, 220 Water Street, New York (Ship Chandler)
An identified instrument engraved with owner’s name, Job Terry [Jr.] (1783-1861) of
New Bedford, Massachusetts who was master of New Bedford’s whaling ship Good
Return beginning in 1821; he made nine voyages as master. Published within Richard
Dana’s book, Two Years before The Mast written in 1840, Captain Terry is said to have
been known in every port in the pacific. Portraits of the captain and his wife are within
the collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The octant remains within it
stepped and fitted mahogany case; arched medial frame brace surmounted with pencil
displays embossed owners name; Vernier is engraved. The case remains in original
condition showing typical, as expected shrinkage; minor wood loss to one corner of
The instrument is accompanied by an early statement on laid paper; stated is that the
owner refused a cash offer for the instrument by a Mr. Emery of Salem which he bought
new in 1844. The document is a bonus as we can’t confirm any connection to this
instrument. (case: 17" x 14.25" x 3.5")
19th Century Phrenological Head, Fowlers & Wells, N.Y.
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 Octant, Spencer, Browning & Rust)
Case with label of DeMORY GRAY, New York
SECOND HAND [sic] INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD
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")
Ambrotype, Ships Master with Ebony Octant, Anonymous, 1850s to Mid-1860s
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.
Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator,
Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Rare Type I
PLUMB AND LEVEL INDICATOR
MANUFACTURED BY R. PORTER NEW YORK
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”)
Single Draw Two Inch 18th Century Telescope, Spyglass, Overall Length: 59”
Brass and mahogany, length: 47.25”, 59” extended
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.
Antique, Campaign Style Cady or Instrument Box
Likely English, circa 1850
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")
Scarificator, Brass & Steel, Octagon, 4 Blade
Unknown Maker, 19th Century
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")
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
(The signature envelops the mount; diameter: 2.75”, length: 4.5”)
Kaleidoscope, Parlor Model by C.G. Bush, Providence, Rhode Island, Scarce
Stamped by maker, dry cell type, two mirror, 5-point, removeable lens cap
Having cardboard tubular barrel covered with black pebbled stamped paper, with
cylindrical eye piece at one end, and with brass-mounted chamber box on the other end
turned by hand with 6-brass spokes. Chamber box containing multi-colored glass twists
and rods, cuts of German sheet glass in various forms, and his liquid-filled ampules.
Made between 1873 and 1900. Turned mahogany pedestal on circular base. Generally
good condition consistent with age and use; scattered light chipping and flaking limited
to edges; a single larger loss to collar…picture available.
(Height: 14"; length: 10"; diameter: 3.75")
Rare Antique Portable Gramophone Record Player,
Antique Windup Phonograph...Working Condition, Germany, 1920s
Super Rare Tortoise Horn Speaker,
78-RPM, On/Off & Speed Adjustment Controls
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")
Surgeons Saw, Amputation, Steel and Brass, Ebonized Handle
Small chip to saw blade handle with all else fine.
Dimensions: 16.5" L.
Sundial, Bronze, Dated 1776
Eight Point Star Under Gnomon, Dark Brown Patina
Diameter: 6"; height: 3.5"
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
Retains reflector, chimney and adjustable lens; 95% bluing
(Missing paraffin burner; 10.25" x 7.25" x 5.5")
Antique Stick Barometer, Timby’s Patent 1857, Rosewood Case
(32 by 2.5 by 2”)
Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Fine and Rare
Signed, R. PORTER, PATENT APPLIED FOR
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.
Spring Fleams, Lancets, Engraved, Packtong
Brass Spring Fleam, Lancet, Engraved
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")
Spring Fleam, Lancet, Packtong
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")