THOMAS JONES COMPASS

THOMAS JONES COMPASS

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FINE SURVEYING COMPASS T JONES LONDON AFTER THE DESIGN OF CAPTAIN HENRY KATER (1777-1835 )

Circa

1820

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Navigational instruments, Surveying Instruments & Mining

Description

HISTORICAL IMPORTANT HENRY KATER INVENTED COMPASS BY THOMAS JONES. 62 CHARRING CROSS, LONDON, IN ORIGINAL MAHOGANY BOX WITH TRADE LABEL. HENRY KATER INVENTED HIS PRISMATIC COMPASS A YEAR EARLIER THAN CHARLES SCHMALCALDER’S PATENT. A SIMILAR COMPASS OF LESS QUALITY WAS PRESENTED TO SYDNEY OBSERVATORY AUSTRALIA IN 1874. A COMPASS OF KATERS DESIGN WAS PURCHASED IN C.1821 BY SIR THOMAS BRISBANE FOR USE AT THE PARRAMATTA OBSERVATORY. PLEASE NOTE THE EXTREMLY RARE SPLIT CURVED COMPASS NEEDLE SUPPORTED BY MICA ARCS. THERE ISN’T A SIGNATURE ON THE COMPASS BUT IS CERTAINLY BY T. JONES. MOST OF KATERS ITEMS WENT TO AUSTRALIA WITH HIS SURVIVING SON, HENRY HERMAN KATER WHO PRESENTED THEM TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SIDNEY IN 1873. COMPASS DIAL 5.1/4″inches diameter.                                     Contact Email: m.jread@btinternet.com

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Based in Lelant, near St Ives, Cornwall, I have been trading since 1979, buying and selling scientific instruments and nautical antiques. I have exhibited at the London Scientific Fair for 20 years. Over the years I have acquired many rare and wonderful items for the trade and collectors alike. I hope this continues. Mike Read. Email: m.jread@btinternet.com.

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