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Surveying Instrument
Signed by Baldassarre Lanci
Dated 1557; Italian
Gilt brass; 300 mm in diameter

The lower half of the plate is occupied by the shadow square and a half wind rose, with a scale of degrees and a geographical planisphere. A bar carrying two folding arms is fixed to the plate. A small compass used to be underneath the plate, but now only its housing remains. A small rotating column, attached by a pivot to the centre of the plate, bears a sliding needle surmounted by a sighting tube which can be adjusted, even in the vertical plane.

Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze
Inventory nos 152, 3165

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