A rare example of an instrument called “Vernier déclinaison” and signed “Breveté Jacques Dartois” and “Alexis Wéry Fab[rican]t à Liege”.
The instrument has a rotating circle divided into 360 degrees, a small ruler divided into two times ten millimeters on either side of a true north (the Vernier scale) and a long arm serving, it seems, to measure or correct the magnetic declination on maritim charts.
We don’t know anything about this Jacques Dartois from Belgium.
But we know that Alexis Wéry was active in Liège between 1870 and the end of the 19th century. His widow signed Veuve Wéry at the very beginning of the 20th century.
Length 54 centimeters.
Beautiful condition for this rare marine instrument.
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