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Mariner's Astrolabe, Spanish, c. 1600

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Inventory Number: 54253
Object Type: Object
Place Created: Spain Europe
Brief Description: A heavy, solid Cu alloy mariner’s astrolabe with a rule/alidade with two sights and pin (later replacements). No horse; c.1600. The instrument was found Donald Courie during dredging work in1903 at Vera Cruz harbour, Gulf of Mexico. The location of the find and the diameter of approximately 8 Spanish inches have suggested a Spanish origin.

On one side, a quarter of the circumference has an engraved rule, with concentric lines around the whole circumference and a letter “A” at the lower edge. The reverse side is blank with a small groove around the central hole for the original horse. Plain, pivoted suspension loop and bail.
Primary Inscriptions: Unsigned and undated
Provenance: Found during dredging work in1903 at Vera Cruz harbour, Gulf of Mexico. Purchased from its finder Donald Courie by R. T. Gunther. Lent by R. T. Gunther, founder and first curator of the Museum in 1924. Presented to the Museum by his son A.E. Gunther in1986.
Collection Group: Gunther Loan collection
Material(s): Cu alloy
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
235 38 185 mm


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