HAND-HELD COMPASS

HAND-HELD COMPASS

Stock Number: 8290

$950.

An early wooden compass from Nuremberg for the English market

Dimensions

4" diameter

Circa

1800

Maker

Joh. Konrad Böhmländer, Mechaniker in Nürnberg

Country of manufacture

Germany

Category: Surveying Instruments & Mining

Description

 

HAND-HELD COMPASS, German for the English market, c. 1800, signed “Neues Polar S..el im Freien von Joh. Konrad Böhmländer Mechaniker in Nürnberg.” The fine turned wood cell is 4″ (10 cm) in diameter, set on one side with a colored print of children at play, and on the other with a floral print with German directionals, surrounding the glazed compass with its colored 32-point rose, directionals printed in English, and magnetic declination of 18° West. Condition is good, the wood considerably shrunk with age, and the varnished paper crinkling. Little is known of Böhmländer, but the piece reminds us of other late 18th century Nuremberg work, e.g., the pillar sundial compendium of W. Burucker (Tesseract Catalogue F Item 29)

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US TESSERACT

David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected]

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