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.
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.
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
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.
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")
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.
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”)
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.
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")
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")
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.
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") $225
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") $285
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