A fine and rare brass Holland circle or ‘simple theodolite’ signed:
Gebroeders Bayens, Delft.
The silvered engraved compass dial has a gilded centre rosette and a finely balanced compass needle with jewelled pivot. The spoked frame with well divided circle with four fixed sights, the rotating alidade with two sights. Complete with a brass ball-and-socket mount and the original oak octogonal shaped box.
This instrument can also be used as a cross, or as circumferentor. Diameter: 22 cm.
A simular instrument by Bayens is pictured in the book ‘The Divided Circle’ by J. A. Bennett. Museum Boerhaave in Leiden, has a Holland circle by Bayens in their collection.
In good condition.
Holland ca. 1820.
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Kraker Antiek is a small, cozy and open-minded company in Amsterdam. Bert Kraker offers a collection of authentic, original, rare and quality objects.
With over 20 years of experience in the arts and antiques trade, one of my main specialties is antique scientific instruments. I formerly worked in association with Jaap Mennink, from whom I have learned to use all my senses actively in the trade.
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