Product images of Astrolabe: mounted obverse
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Astrolabe: mounted obverse
This steel astrolabe was probably made around 1900 in the Paris-based workshops of Spitzer, and not in 1659 as the engraved date suggests. The sculpted metalwork is more characteristic of artistic styles toward the end of the 19th century rather than 17th century, and there are various erroneous details in the numbering and engraving that suggest a lack of understanding of astrolabes. Spitzer tended to produce instruments that were ornamental rather than technically accurate and in his catalogue there is a decorated steel nocturnal which looks very similar to AST0553. Therefore, a Spitzer provenance is highly probable.
probably the Spitzer Workshop
- Image reference: E5566-1
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Jules Strauss Collection