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Inventory no. 54054 - Former Display Label

Between 1518 and 1530

Gilt brass. Unsigned and undated, but probably by Nicholas Kratzer (1486-1550) who came to England from Munich, and was astronomer and horologer to Henry VIII and a member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Oxford, he read the mathematical lecture founded by Cardinal Wolsey (? 1475-1530), Archbishop of York from 1518. This instrument was made for Cardinal Wolsey, whose arms, together with those of York Minster, appear on the base.

There are dials on nine faces of the block; the dial on the top is a horizontal dial for latitude c. 52°.

The needle and glass of a small compass sunk in the top face of the block are missing.

Lewis Evans Collection.

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