March 23, 2019 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


American Federal Surveyors Compass

New York, circa 1788, with bar-type limb, two sight vanes on dovetail mounts, sun-ray engraved star on face with snake form needle arrestor, signed "C. Hurtin, Goshen. A 1788 N. 7" (Christian Hurtin, Newark/New York City, b.1743), 13-1/4 in.


Christian Hurtin was born in either Newark, New Jersey or New York City. Around 1775 he moved to Goshen, New York where he advertised as a clock and watchmaker. There are three recorded examples of compasses by Hurtin, No. 8 dated 1788, No. 17 dated 1794 and No. 39 dated 1811. See Charles Smart, The Makers of American Surveying Instruments Since 1700, pp. 216-18.

Provenance:Private Virginia Collection


needle not functioning, reglazed, typical wear, corrosion

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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