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Code 6612
EUR 500.00
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1594037564Code 6612 Antique compassRare and curious antique topographical and travel magnetic compass made of turned boxwood, complete with lid, English manufacture of the late 18th century. It is an ancient instrument consisting of a magnetized needle free to rotate on a horizontal plane, pointing with its tip the magnetic north direction, compass card printed on paper by engraving on copper plate and watercolored, sixteen winds with goniometric circle divided into 360°. Good condition. Diameter 5.2 cm - 2 inches, thickness 1.5 cm - 0.59 inches.

The Greeks and the Romans didn't know the possibility to use magnetic fields for orient, but this possibility probably was known by the Chinese people: about in 2600 B.C. Hoang-Ti the emperor won Tchi-Yeou the prince using a magic cart, the See-Nan (cart indicating the South), finding the way of escape of the enemy that has been covered by smoke: on this cart there was a rotating human shaped figure with an arm stretched indicating the South (obviously indicating the North too, but the South was the most important cardinal point for the Chinese people). The Chinese people used magnetic fields also for spectacles: throwing magnetized arrows like dice, they indicated south like a magic, amazing the public.

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