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Code 6866A
EUR 450.00
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EUR 450.00
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1622708535Code 6866A Antique compassMagnetic topographic compass, of brass, an instrument consisting of a magnetized needle free to rotate on a horizontal plane, marking the direction of magnetic north with the tip of the needle. 16-winds compass card on papper by engraving on copper plate complete with goniometric circle engraved in 360 °. English manufacture of the late 19th century. Excellent condition, fully functional. Diameter 9 cm - 3.54 inches, thickness 2 cm - 0.78 inches.

The first hints in Europe on the use of instruments using magnetic fields for orientation are dated back to the late twelfth century, especially thanks to the knowledge brought by merchants and sailors after contacts with the Arabs: we find hints in the work by Alexander Neckam "De nominibus utensilium" and in the works by Guyot de Provins, where the magnet is called "sailor's friend". Even the inventory of a Sicilian ship of 1200's, the San Nicolò, refers to the presence on board of a magnet and a "bussola di ligno", that is a wooden compass.

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