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Circular Bubble Spirit Level, English, c. 1700

Inventory Number: 16699
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1925-43
Brief Description: English circular bubble level.
Brass. Unsigned and undated; c.1700.

The level is fixed to a brass base plate by three adjusting screws. The centre of the glass is marked by two concentric rings.

This seems to be the earliest circular bubble level known. It may have been made by John Rowley, who made many of the instruments in the Orrery Collection. There is some evidence that Rowley was the inventor of this type of level.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Lent by Christ Church, Oxford in 1925.
Collection Group: Orrery Collection
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
130 mm

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Image with multimedia irn 21972

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