Decorative 18th century iron wing compass

Decorative 18th century iron wing compass


Large hand-forged wing compass with charming decoration dating to the 18th century.


24cm/9 ½ inches


18th Century

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Categories: Drawing Instruments, Tools


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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