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Inventory no. 50368 - Former Display Label

English MILITARY SCALES or COUNTERS
c.1700

Brass; in oak box with spring catch. Unsigned and undated.

The purpose of this set of nine rectangular brass plates is not quite clear. Thomas Wright in his catalogue of the Orrery Collection (1731) described the set thus: "A Small Box wh 9 pieces of Brass I believe Relating to Gunnery". Gunther suggests that as four of the plates are marked "Grenadiers", the set may have been used for plotting the positions of Companies or Battalions, perhaps for estimating the areas that a given number of men will cover. The Earl of Orrery's uncle Roger wrote a Treatise on the Art of War, 1677, and this set may have belonged to him.

There are five long pieces of brass, four of which are marked with 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th 'Division' respectively and each with the word 'Angle' and some numerical scales. The fifth plate is marked 'Grs' and with numbers. In addition there are four half-length plates marked 'Grenadiers' 1, 2, 3 & 4 respectively.

[Orrery Collection, no. 24]
Lent by Christ Church.

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