Telescopic prismatic compas, 1813-1840.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Telescopic prismatic compas, 1813-1840.

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This telescopic prismatic compas was made by Charles Schmalcalder. Magnetic compases are portable and easy to use for rapid survey where high accuracy is not required. Charles Schmalcalder took out a patent for a prismatic compas design in 1813. This example includes a telescope and spirit bubble.

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