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Astrolabe, by Thomas Gemini for Queen Elizabeth I, London, 1559

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Inventory Number: 42223
Object Type: Object
Persons: Thomas Gemini (Maker)
Date Created: 1559
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Subject Classification(s): Astronomy By Discipline Astrolabes Astronomical Instruments Mathematical Instruments By Trade Location  
Accession Number: 1937-6
Brief Description: Mater, rete for 23 stars, 1 plate, alidade, rule and bolt. The mater has a quadratum nauticum and there is a Gemma-type universal projection inscribed on the back. The plate carries a tablet of horizons on one side and a shadow square, equal/uneqal hour diagram and zodiac/calendar scale on the reverse.
Primary Inscriptions: "Thomas II 1559" below the quadratum nauticum on the mater; "Elizabeth Dei Gratia Anglia Franciae & Hiberniae Regina" on the front of the throne; and "E R", with Elizabeth's coat-of-arms between, on the back of the throne. The plate bears an inscription detailing its bequest to the University by Nicholas Greaves in memory of Thomas [sic, should be John] Bainbridge and John Greaves: "1659 Acad. Oxon. in usum praecipue Prof. Savilianorum: / Ex dono Nic Greaves S.T.D. / In memoriam {Tho. Bambridge M.D. Jo Greaves A.M.N. fra:} olim Astronomiae Prof. Savil".
Provenance: Transferred from the University Observatory. Given to the University in 1659 by Nicholas Greaves in memory of Thomas [a mistake for John] Bainbridge and John Greaves, Savilian professors of astronomy. Used by John Greaves in the Levant, 1637-40. Made for Queen Elizabeth I.
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Material(s): Brass


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