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Brass astrolabe from Persia, 1710

Astrolabe, brass, Persia, 1710.(OF). Persian brass astrolabe, 3 1/2" diameter with ornamented bracket, inset with setting for compass. Complete with back plate (mater), which forms a case for 4 engraved tablets & the open design tablet (or rete). At back a rule bearing sights (alidade) held in position by bird shaped pin. Deeply engraved with symbols of the zodiac, numbers & astronomical date. Bears the date 1710.(SB) (-2) Cover, felt

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