• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5429

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    24 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 22

    A lacquered brass theodolite


    Price Realised  


    A lacquered brass theodolite
    J.R. Brown, early 19th century
    bubble level to top of telescope, which preserves the original dust-caps, signed on cross-bar J.R. Brown MAKER, the arc with outer scale [50°]--[45°] punched numbers every 10°, divided to ¼° with vernier (loose) to minute of arc, the inner non-linear scale 100-0-100 numbered by 10 divided to 1, with index pointer on vernier, supported on two brass triangular columns; the circle with 32-point compass rose and outer degree scale (missing glass), two bubble levels, outer scale 0°-180° numbered by 10° divided to ¼° with two verniers to minute of arc, one vernier with fine adjust the other with (broken) magnifying lens, the inner non-linear scale 0-100-0-100-0-100-0-100-0, screwed to wooden stand.
    18½in. (47cm.) high

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The compass rose marked NO,O,SO,S,SW,W,NW,[fleur de lys] suggests that Brown made this for a German market, possibly working there himself.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.