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Astrolabe

Object Number: 
1941.303
Date: 
1750-1780
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 0.6 x 11.4 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on edge of circle: "Gen. Philip Schuyler."
Description: 
Brass astrolabe consisting of a graduated circle with a pivoting sighting bar at its center; suspension ring missing.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this object belonged to General Philip Schuyler. Though identified in the accession records as a sundial, it appears instead to be an astrolabe, a device used to measure the altitude of a heavenly body. The astrolabe reached the Latin West from Moslem Spain around A.D. 1000 and was used in Europe as a navigation instrument well into the eighteenth century.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group