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Water Level and Tripod, by Erasmus Habermel, Prague?, Late 16th Century

Inventory Number: 47897
Object Type:
Persons: Erasmus Habermel (Maker (Signed by))
Date Created: Late 16th century
Place Created: Prague Czech Republic Europe
Subject Classification(s): Billmeir Collection By Collection  
Accession Number: 1957-84/123
Brief Description: The survival of a surveyor's level from the 16th century is very rare. This example works by part filling the V-shaped trough with water and, when the inclination of the trough has been adjusted by the action of the cranked handle so that the readings on two short vertical scales at either end are the same, sighting through the instrument gives the surveyor the level.


The survival of an original tripod is also very unusual. The instrument can be taken off its mount and the wooden legs of the tripod folded to a circular section and clamped by two brass rings, so as to be easy to carry.


The construction of this instrument is hardly in keeping with the robust character usually demanded of a surveyor's level.
Primary Inscriptions: "Fecit E: habermel" engraved on the outside of the level.
Provenance: Presented by J. A. Billmeir.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Gilt brass
ebony and steel
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
552 189 mm

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