Antique magnifying glass, ca 1900. Tapering mother of pearl handle overlaid with silver scrollwork. Circular lens in metal frame. Handle hallmarked “sterling”. Nice condition.
Length: 11 in. Lens diameter: 4 in. #BM975
Rare 17thc bronze astrolabe used in early navigation replaced later by sextant-6 inches high-4 inches wide-minor wear and oxidation-center brass screw possible replacement-has intricate engraving on both sides-real thing
A late Victorian original gilt cast metal standup 11" desk or table thermometer complete with a cherub and fancy swing-out foot. It has a loop for hanging on a wall and the original mercury thermometer is intact and working fine. It is SIGNED B&H 3590 on the back, and it is in very good condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than some minor gilding loss and the loss of some of the silvering on the dial. We kind of like the BLOOD HEAT label...
Antique Refracting Brass and Mahogany 4-draw Telescope with a Brass Tripod Tablestand, and having slides to cover both lens and eyepiece. English, late 19th C.
Provenance: The Harry Z. Isaacs Collection from Historic Long Branch Estate, Virginia and James Kennedy Antiques., Ltd., Durham NC.
Length Open: 36"
Height with Stand: 15.5"
Long Branch was built on property surveyed by a young George Washington for Lord Fairfax...
A rather rare Feng Shui Ruler also known as a Rui Ban Ruler.
It was initally designed and institutionalized by Rui Ban Jing who was the most famous carpenter and architect in ancient times.He pionered the use of Feng Shui in building. This method of measurement which has been used by Feng Shui masters since.
This and the Feng Shui Compass are the most important tools that were in use.
The Feng Shui foot is 43 cms (approximately 17 inches)...
Sikes Hydrometer by Husbands and Clarke, Bristol, England in its original mahogany box. 19th century. The Sikes Hydrometer was used to determine the alcohol content of spirits in determining its proof. This set includes a brass float, thermometer, and 10 weights used to measure the specific gravity of the liquid (labeled 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, plus the calibration cap weight)...
A late 19thC hand-made 2-1/4" bronze measuring cup, made by W.R. Loftus of 146 & 320 Oxford St., London, England. In business from c1860-1940, this company made pewter, beer machinery, bar fittings and also scientific equipment. This tapered cup has a ringed design and it is stamped LOFTUS LONDON 3...
Rare Brass Imperial Bushel Measure, the bottom engraved: “Corcoran Fecit, London” one side engraved: “Lynn, Regis, 1825” the other side engraved: “Imperial Bushel, Bastick & Son, London 1881”, and with various royal ciphers on the top rim.
Provenance : Ex-Collection Sen. John Warner, Alexandria, Virginia
Cities in England used to have official standard weights and measures...
18" x 4.25" x 1.33" wooden with wood beads on metal rods. 2/3 of columns are labeled in Japanese on ivory strip with Indian ink.
Very nice hard wood box. Some chips and scrapes as expected with an item this age.
Belgium combined Barometer and Altimeter (compensated), made by Pertuis & Fils Const.
A. Fisch Rep I. Bruxelles, with leather box, original condition.
Dimensions: diameter 2.75", 1.25" in height.