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A working miniature of 18th Century instrument to measure the direct path of destiny between specified heavenly bodies.
An English pewter pendant, engraved astrolabe disk suspended from a coiled double-headed serpent, with etched brass rotating dial frame.
Chain: 21 inch, Nickel free
Pendant: Height 53mm, Width 41mm
Designed and hand made in England incorporating detailed brass work and fine English pewter. (Lead, cadmium & nickel compliant)
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An anguistralobe or astralobe is an instrument to measure the altitude above the horizon of a celestrial body, day or night. It can be used to identify stars or planets. Their use goes back to pre-Christian times used by the ancient Greeks and the Islamic world.
The astrolabe's importance not only comes from the early development of astromony but was also effective for determining latitude on land or calm seas until it was superseded by the Sextant.
The famous English writer and poet of the 14th Century, Geoffrey Chaucer, wrote the scientific 'A Treatise on the Astrolabe' for his 10-year-old son Lewis. It is sometimes cited as the first example of technical writing in the English language.