For other examples by and a discussion on the Compass Artist, see Wendy Cooper, Patricia Edmonson and Lisa M. Minardi's article "The Compass Artist of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," American Furniture (Lebanon, New Hampshire: Chipstone Foundation, 2009), p. 63-87.
Wear, discoloration and rubbing to the surface commensurate with age and use. The tinned clasp is cracked and lost. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.