Superb 17th century single handed navigational dividers

Superb 17th century single handed navigational dividers

$875

Dimensions

16 cm / 6 ¼ inches

Circa

17th century

Country of manufacture

Other

Description

A very fine and good-sized pair of 17th century brass single-handed navigational dividers. Likely Dutch. Historically used for mathematics or chart reading, these have an intact and even brown patina.

Similar examples can be seen in the portrait of instrument maker Elias Allen (final image) and in various collections including the London Science Museum, Oxford History of Science Museum, and National Maritime Museum:

https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co60216/drawing-instruments-by-charles-whitwell-drawing-instrument-sets

http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/collections/imu-search-page/record-details/?thumbnails=on&irn=1228&TitInventoryNo=43731

https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/42759.html

https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/42729.html

 

Condition: Small area of verdegris on one leg and divot on joint, see photos

 

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