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Sundial, Finely Engraved, Signed: Tho [Thomas] Heath (1698-1773), London
Date/Period: 1720-1750 (Maker was active 1721 to the 1760s)


Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, entire view

Measurement: Height: 7.75" diameter: 11.75"

Material: Brass

Condition: Very good, as expected…weatherworn displaying dark surface with
verdigris

Additional Information: This is a very sophisticated and complex sundial made by
esteemed scientific instrument maker Thomas Heath (1698-1773), who worked in
London from 1721 until the late 1760 s. It is finely engraved allover.

The sundial allows the viewer to calculate the difference between the apparent and
the mean solar time, allowing him to accurately set his watch or clock. If you were
wealthy enough to own a lantern clock you needed a sundial to establish time allowing
you to set the clock.

This dial shows the Equation of Time (Natural Days). which describes the discrepancy
between two kinds of solar time. The word equation is used in the medieval sense of
"reconcile a difference". The two times that differ are the apparent solar time, which
directly tracks the diurnal motion of the Sun, and mean solar time, which tracks a
theoretical mean Sun ( as shown by a clock) with uniform motion along the celestial
equator. Apparent solar time can be obtained by measurement of the current position
(hour angle) of the Sun, as indicated (with limited accuracy) by a sundial. Mean solar
time, for the same place, would be the time indicated by a steady clock set so that over
the year its differences from apparent solar time would have a mean of zero.

$4,600.00

843-444


Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, entire view 2

Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, entire view 3

Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, entire view 4

Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, detail view 1

Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, detail view 2

Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint New England, back view



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



Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA
Date/Period: 1880s - SOLD


Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA, entire view

Measurement: Height on Stand: 12.5"; height: 10.5"; width: 9"; depth: 4"

Material: Cast iron, paint

Condition: Very good

Additional Information: The Levi Houston Company manufactured woodworking
machinery; we found 10 patents. This weight has always been misidentified as a
windmill weight…it is signed “L HOUSTON / MONTGOMERY, PA / PATENTENTED /
JUNE 17 1884 / APRIL 14 1885.” The weight was made for a circular crosscut saw that
was large and ceiling mounted.


Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA, book scan

SOLD

431-140


Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA, entire view 2

Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA, entire view 3

Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA, entire view 4

Cast Iron Heart, Swing Saw Counterweight, L. Houston Co., Montgomery, PA, entire view 5



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.

$1,550.00

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



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



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

$1,425.00

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”)

$925

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




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