Object photography

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Object description

  • England manufacturer
  • Mariner's astrolabe, about 1600
  • Copper alloy
  • Lyme Bay, Dorset, England
  • H: 7 5/8 in, W: 7 1/8 in, D: 1 3/8 in (H: 19.4 cm, W: 18.1 cm, D: 3.5 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1972
  • M15340


Mariner's Astrolabe with a cast brass frame. Part of alidade one either side of the axial pin remains, as does the suspension ring shackle. Several digits of the graduation are visible, indicating a graduation on the upper half of the frame, on either side of 0 degrees at the top, a division of 90 degrees to 0 degrees to 90 degrees but the graduations are obliterated.