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Christoph Schissler [attr.], Bussola da cavallo
Christoph Schissler [attr.], Gimbaled compass

Germany late 16th cent.
Gilt brass, wood; box: black leather with gold stamps; diameter 9 cm, height 18 cm
Florence, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, inv. 2535

Gimbaled compass equipped with a hook for hanging the instrument from the saddle-bow and a counterweight to hold it steady. It was acquired in Germany by Prince Mattias de’ Medici in the first half of the 17th century.