Large wrought iron wing compass dating from the 18th century, most likely German. Fine decorative features of the period including globe head and delicate file-worked details around the legs forming Tulip-like designs.
One thumb screw adjusts the drawing leg along the arc, while the second fixes a pencil point in place.
Fully functional in excellent condition with beautiful patina.
A fine handmade 18th century marking compass.
From the Geometricum collection of Markus Geissbuehler, Switzerland
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