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ANTIQUE BOXED MARINE SHIPS COMPASS BY ROBERT KING, NY, Ca 1820

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ROBERT KING, NEW YORK 19th CENT BOXED COMPASS

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A very rare piece of maritime history from an early American Instrument Maker 

Presented is a dry card compass made by little known Robert King of New York. The Webster's Registry shows that he operated  both in England and New York between 1789 and 1868. In the U.S., he had shops at 82 Duane (1812); 16 Elm Street (1814-15); 108 Orchard (1823-24); 19 Lombardy (1827-30); 19 Monroe (1831-32); 18 Monroe (1832-37); 219 Fourth (1837-38); 212 Front Street (1838-43); all in New York, N.Y.; and was recorded being in New Orleans (1822-23). It is the only compass of we know of from this maker.
 
 
 
THE CARD: The paper card is made from an engraved paper engraved with an elaborate Fleur des Lis at the North point. The compass rose shows the eight cardinal points and is further divided to 1/16 points and then to 32. It measures 6 inches in diameter and has a finely made brass center cap.
 
COMPASS BOWL & GIMBALS: The bowl is made from wood that has been turned on a lathe and is painted Colonial blue. The glass is held in place by red-lead glazing which is original and in excellent condition.
 
There is a lubber's line that marks the position of the ship's bow.  Some of the white interior finish is worn thin. The compass operates properly.
 
There is a flat metal ring with two holders that accept the pinions of the compass bowl and serve as an athawrtship gimbal. The foreword and aft gimbal is furnished when the gimbals' ring is secured to the box.
 
CONDITION: The compass card, bowl, bezel and gimbals are in exceptionally condition except there is some minor thinning of the paint on interior of the bowl. There are some chips of wood missing from where the wood base joins the tub of the bowl. The compass operates accurately. The red lead glazing is as new.
 
DIMENSIONS:
Diameter of bowl    7"             Diameter of card 6"
Depth of bowl         4 1/4"       Weight 3 Lbs
Diameter of gimbal 8 1/2"

THE BOX is rough hewn New England Butter Nut wood with the sides end butted and nailed in place. It likely was made by a ship's carpenter and has none of the finesse of the compass, but is sturdy and heavily built.
 
Box 12 1/4" square by 9 1/2" High  WEIGHT 11 lbs

                  Wooden bowl
                            Viewing angle

                     Sailor Made Box

This rare American made early compass should appeal to a collector seeking only the most unusual and best for a world class collection.

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A very fine early American made boxed compass for the discerning collector

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