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AN ENGRAVED SILVERED-BRASS SURVEYOR'S COMPASS
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ERIC MARTIN WUNSCH
AN ENGRAVED SILVERED-BRASS SURVEYOR'S COMPASS

SIGNED BY ABIEL CHANDLER (1807-1881), CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1844-1850

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AN ENGRAVED SILVERED-BRASS SURVEYOR'S COMPASS
SIGNED BY ABIEL CHANDLER (1807-1881), CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1844-1850
the silvered-brass dial signed A. Chandler Concord N.H.; in fitted case
the compass 11 in. long, 5 in. diameter of dial
Provenance
Sold, Northeast Auctions, Manchester, New Hampshire, 6-7 November 1999, lot 1077

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A clockmaker, silversmith and instrument maker, Abiel Chandler (1807-1881) lived in Concord, New Hampshire throughout his life. After training under his father, Timothy, Abiel established his business in 1830, initially working in partnership with his father. In 1844, he advertised as a "Philosophical Instrument Maker" and his wares included a variety of surveying tools. See Brian Nelson Burford, "The History of Land Surveying in New Hampshire 1775-1840, The Golden Age," New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association Annual Meeting, 11 December 2009, p. 51; Charles Terwilliger, "John C. Briggs and Rotary Pendulum Clocks," National Association of Watches and Clock Collectors Bulletin (April 1978), p. 102.
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