Beam compass by George Adams

Made:
1775-1795 in Fleet Street
maker:
George Adams
Beam compass made by George Adams, Fleet Street, City of London, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom. Beam compass made by George Adams, Fleet Street, City of London, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.

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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
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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 (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).

Details

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