Beam compass by George Adams

Made:
1775-1795 in Fleet Street
maker:
George Adams

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Beam compass made by George Adams, Fleet Street, City of London, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Beam compass made by George Adams, Fleet Street, City of London, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Beam compass made by George Adams (the Younger), Fleet Street, London, 1775-1795.

This beam scale was used for technical drawing tasks such as creating large arcs and bisecting lines or angles. It consists of a mahogany beam inlaid with a boxwood scale of 0 - 33 inches and divided into tenths. The pointer can be finely adjusted by means of a micrometer screw one end. George Adams the Younger made instruments for King George III and the then Prince of Wales (the future King George IV).

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Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1218
Materials:
boxwood, brass, mahogany and steel
type:
compasses (drawing instruments)
credit:
King's College, London

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