Artificial horizon, gyroscopic type, in fitted rectangular mahogany case, possibly made by A. Demichel of Paris, France, 1886-1895. Invented by French Admiral and inventor, Georges Ernest Fleuriais (1840-1895). Consisting of an air-powered (separate pump) gyroscope, within a black-lacquered brass case that is attached to the side of a sextant or quitant. A piece of glass through the body of the gyroscope carries a series of horizontal lines, which appear as a constant horizontal line of reference when the device is spun.
- Object Number:
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- optical instrument
- ancillary optical instrument
- artificial horizon
- The Royal Society
- Permanent collection
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.