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Surveying compass
    • Setting:
      Room VI
    • Maker:
      unknown
    • Date:
      17th cent.
    • Materials:
      brass
    • Dimensions:
      length 160 mm
    • Inventory:
      3687
    • Surveying compass (Inv. 3687)

Surveying compass with two flat steel-tipped legs. The hinge houses a magnetic compass (complete with lid) used to orient the instrument for measuring position angles in surveying work. Provenance: Medici collections.