Fine late 18th century large graphometer on ebonized stand

Fine late 18th century large graphometer on ebonized stand

Stock Number: FG_22001


Graphometer or semicircle is a surveying instrument used for angle measurements. It was used by cartographers and hydrographers to measure horizontal and vertical angles, similar to the later theodolite, which evolved from it. The form was introduced in Philippe Danfrie's, Déclaration de l’usage du graphomètre (Paris, 1597). During the 19th-century, graphometers had telescopic rather than open sight alidades, later developed into the theodolite



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Categories: Scientific, Navigational instruments, Calculating, Drawing Instruments, Surveying Instruments & Mining


The fine unsigned ca. 1780 graphometer offered here is preserved in excellent condition. Whilst flat, the overall height is 33cm, to the top of the arms. Width is 22cm, depth is 19cm. Base diameter 16cm approx.


NOTE TO  BUYERS: Until the end of August, I will be staying in Italy (to end a half year’s sabbatical). Previous attempts to ship items to buyers from outside the EU often faced the (in)famous service of the Italian post. Therefore, if you live outside the EU Schengen zone and wish to buy an item listed here, please do, but be aware that shipping will be made to you during the first week of September. Buyers from within the EU will receive their instruments as usual.

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Yuval (Gilgamesh)

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a powerful research tool, I have collected microscopes for over two decades from this fantastic tool's first 300 years of existence and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession, and I cultivate the complete and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up surplus or exciting items from the collection for sale. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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