A rare 18th century German sector

A rare 18th century German sector


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Categories: Navigational instruments, Calculating, Drawing Instruments


A fine and very rare 18th century German sector in brass. Measures 7 inches/18 cm in length (closed) and opens on a three-leaf hinge. The faces bear various doubled scales including ArithmGeomet, Cubica, and inch measure on one side, and two overlapping measures on the reverse. The scales were used for calculations in applied mathematics and engineering including gunnery, fortification design, surveying, navigation, plane and solid geometry, densities of ammunition materials, etc.

The front and reverse sides of the sector have different styles of engraving, with the reverse featuring the early German style punched numbers, especially evident in the “1”.

An important piece considering the rarity of early German sectors.

17cm closed, 33cm open


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