Sipe-Sumner compass in excellent condition
This Sipe-Sumner compass was the second one produced by Warren Knight and was given to Bruce Sumner (the first, SN 17841 was given to F. Henry Sipe). Given the lack of wear it may lived on a shelf and never seen any field work. Includes the wooden box, leather case, ball socket, extra vanes and also a copy of "A Layman's Guide to Land Surveying." $500, including shipping.
What a beautiful thing!
Do you have any documentation on the history?
That is a beautiful instrument and indeed appears to be factory fresh. The box looks a more worn that I would expect. Too rich for my blood, but would certainly admire it if I ever saw it in person.
I see the 1982 date on the manual and that is much later than I would have expected. When were those instruments actually produced?
No matter the answers - THANK YOU for sharing and good luck with sale!