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Surveying Staff
16th century; German
Wood and gilt brass; 745 mm in length

The wooden staff has the ends covered with decorated gilt brass. The staff is graduated and divided in approximately three parts. The first part is divided from 1 to 12 to 1/2 and 1/4, numbered from 1 to 12 by 1. It is inscribed 'DIE GANTZE LENGE'. The second part is similarly divided and numbered from 13 to 24. It is inscribed 'DISSES STABS IST 2 1/2 WERCK'. The third part is similarly divided and numbered from 25 to 28. It is inscribed 'SCHVOCH'. This end of the staff has a central longitudinal hole. They have a similar decoration and can be associated with other parts of mining instruments, namely Epact nos. 88912, 63427, 60949, 39614 and 59706.

Ilaria Meliconi

Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze
Inventory no. 693

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