Brass-bound lodestone

Made:
1675-1700
Brass-bound lodestone approximately 2 1/4" long, possibly 1675-1700 Brass-bound lodestone approximately 2 1/4" long, used to magnetise compass needles, unsigned, 1675-1700. Brass-bound lodestone approximately 2 1/4" long, used to magnetise compass needles, unsigned, 1675-1700.

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Brass-bound lodestone approximately 2 1/4" long, possibly 1675-1700
Science Museum Group Collection
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Brass-bound lodestone approximately 2 1/4" long, used to magnetise compass needles, unsigned, 1675-1700.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Brass-bound lodestone approximately 2 1/4" long, used to magnetise compass needles, unsigned, 1675-1700.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Brass-bound lodestone, maker unknown, Europe, 1675-1700.

Lodestones were used to re-magnetise compass needles, which gradually lost their magnetism over time and prevented the compass from functioning correctly. The owner of this lodestone is unknown, but they probably owned a magnetic compass and took this lodestone with them when they travelled.

Details

Category:
Navigation
Object Number:
1952-313
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy) and iron
type:
lodestone
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
credit:
Howgrave-Graham, Robert Pickersgill