A CONTINENTAL SET OF NAUTICAL INSTRUMENTS, 17th
Dimension: case 17,3×5,8×5,8cm (6 3/8 x 2 ¼ x 2 ¼”); longest dividers 17cm (6 ½”)
The set comprises:
– a brass single-handed dividers of circular form,
– a large brass pair of compass with fixed points,
– a brass pair of compasses,
– a ruling pen with a crayon-holder at the reverse end,
– a brass straight ruler with finials
– an iron pair of compasses.
All inside their original wood and leather-covered case (inside cover is vellum) of pyramidal shape.
This set was primarily conceived for nautical use, in order to trace route on charts.
Design of instruments and case suggest a Continental (Dutch ?) origin, for a Captain of the 17th century.
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