Early Nautical Instruments

Catalogue no: 1262
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Cecil King
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 12 Language(s): English Publication date: Aug., 1938
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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An article on some of the scientific collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. As the author explains, "We are here concerned more particularly with the navigational instruments; these combine, in many cases, a scientific purpose with a just claim to be regarded as gems of the goldsmith's or metalworker's art." The text details the history and development of different marine instruments including the astrolabe, compass, sundial, sandglass, globes and (briefly) Harrison's chronometers and R.T.Goulds' restorations. Photographs included as follows: 1. Astralabe of Persian workmanship (both sides), c.1680 2. Loadstone in brass mounting 3. Danish hanging (tell-tale) compass, c.1790 4. French universal sundial, early 18th century 5. English boxwood nocturnal, 17th century 6. 2 sandglasses in brass mountings, 18th century 7. Decorative terrestrial globe, bronze gilt, by C. Schissler, 1597 8. Decorative celestial globe, bronze gilt, by Habrecht of Strasbourg, 1646 9. Wooden globes, armilliary and celestial, by Hardy of Paris, 1738 10. Terrestrial hand-globe in painted wooden bowl, French?, 18th century 11. Early telescope, covered with tooled leather by Jacob Cunningham, 1661 12. Brass top-plate of Larcum Kendall's replica of Harrison's 4th chronometer, 1769
Room location: Library Extension Cabinet: F Shelf: 4
Search terms: Horological Collections, Related Subjects, Sundials
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