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 Christoph Schissler
Christoph Schissler was born in about 1531 and set up a workshop in the early 1550s. He became the most renowned of Augsburg instrument makers and his workshop supplied instruments of the highest quality, including astrolabes, sundials, quadrants, celestial and terrestrial globes, armillary spheres, astronomical compendia, surveying and drawing instruments. Many of Schissler's instruments were intended for foreign buyers; for instance, a number of his surviving sundials are laid out for English or Italian latitudes. In 1571 Schissler travelled to the Dresden court of August I, the Elector of Saxony, in order to set up and demonstrate his instruments for the prospective buyer. Another journey, via Vienna, was undertaken in 1583 to the court of Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. From 1580 onwards, Schissler became more involved with surveying, which is also reflected in the type of instruments produced by his workshop. A survey of the town of Augsburg was undertaken between 1598 and 1602, and afterwards a similar survey of the area around Augsburg kept him occupied until his death.

Some hundred instruments of Christoph Schissler, dated between 1546 and 1605, have been preserved. His eldest son Hans Christoph Schissler jr followed in his father's footsteps and also became an instrument maker. Christoph Schissler died on 14 September 1608.

For instruments by Christoph Schissler, see:
   Astrolabe, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1560 (Firenze, IMSS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1588 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1557 (London, BM)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1557 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, circa 1550 (London, BM)
   Astronomical Compendium, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Later 16th century (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1563 (London, BM)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Later 16th century (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1566 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1556 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1608 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, circa 1570 ? (London, BM)
   Compass, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, German, Later 16th century (Firenze, IMSS)
   Cross-staff, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, German, Later 16th century (Firenze, IMSS)
   Diptych Dial, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1566 (London, BM)
   Equinoctial Dial, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, circa 1570 (London, BM)
   Folding Rule And Level, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, German, Later 16th century (Firenze, IMSS)
   Hodometer, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, German, 16th century (Firenze, IMSS)
   Horizontal Dial, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, circa 1560 (London, BM)
   Mathematical Instruments, Signed by Christoph Schissler, German, Later 16th century (Firenze, IMSS)
   Quadrant, Attributed to Christoph Schissler, German, Later 16th century (Firenze, IMSS)
   Quadrant, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1599 (Firenze, IMSS)
   Sundial And Dividers, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1558 (London, BM)
   Surveying Quadrant, Signed by Christoph Schissler, Augsburg, Dated 1579 (Oxford, MHS)

References:

M. Bobinger, Christoph Schissler der ?ltere und der J?ngere (Augsburg, 1954); E. Zinner, Deutsche und Niederl?ndische astronomische Instrumente des 11. bis 18. Jahrhunderts (2nd ed., Munich, 1967), pp. 503-20, and pp. 685-6; M. Bobinger, Alt Augsburger Kompa?macher: Sonnen, Mond und Sternenuhren, astronomische und mathematische Ger?te, R?deruhren (Augsburg, 1966), pp. 99-118, and pp. 299-348.

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