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Compass, Turkish?, c. 1800?

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Inventory Number: 46929
Object Type:
Place Created: Turkey Asia
Subject Classification(s): Billmeir Collection By Collection Sundials Mathematical Instruments By Trade Location  
Accession Number: 1957-84/247
Brief Description: Brass circular case, with compass plate with engraved scale of degrees in two semicircles of 180°, and a compass-rose of eight points, each of which is named; the North point is decorated with a crescent. Underneath the compass-box are engraved the names of sixteen places, including Constantinople, Rhodes, Cairo, Basra, Shîrâz, Cádiz, Baghdad, Mecca, Paris, al-Mansûra and Jerusalem. Probably this compass once formed part of a sundial; it is possible that it was made in Europe for the Eastern Market.
Primary Inscriptions: Unsigned and undated.
Provenance: Presented by J. A. Billmeir.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Brass
and iron


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