Astrolabe made by Ferdinand Arsenius, Antwerp, Flanders, 1607-1618.
Astrolabes were used for astronomy and time-telling. This is a planispheric astrolabe with three latitude plates (39°/ 42°, 48°/51° & 45°). It has a shadow dial scale on the reverse and a magnetic compass adjacent to the suspension ring. The reverse side is engraved with a Gemma Frisius universal projection with rule and pointer, with the alidade fitted to the front. The recess beneath the plates (known as the womb of the mater) is engraved with a ‘Quadratum Nauticum’ (navigational quadrant) scale.
International Checklist reference number IC233.
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Overall (as displayed): 480 mm x 340 mm x 45 mm, 4.08 kg
- furnishing and equipment
- measuring device - instrument
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