A surveyor's folding rule, 1574

Made:
1574 in London
maker:
Humfrey Cole

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Surveyor's 12 inch folding rule by Humfrey Cole, 1574. Humfrey Cole (1530?-1591) was one of the first craftsman of the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Surveyor's 12 inch folding rule by Humfrey Cole, 1574. Humfrey Cole (1530?-1591) was one of the first craftsman of the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Surveyor's 12 inch folding rule by Humfrey Cole, 1574. Humfrey Cole (1530?-1591) was one of the first craftsman of the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Surveyor's 12 inch folding rule by Humfrey Cole, 1574. Humfrey Cole (1530?-1591) was one of the first craftsman of the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Surveyor's 12-inch folding rule, by Humphrey Cole, brass, signed and dated 1574

Surveyor's 12 inch folding rule by Humfrey Cole, 1574. Humfrey Cole (1530?-1591) was one of the first craftsman of the English instrument-making trade, which became established in the 16th century. This instrument is a surveyor's compendium. When fitted with sights it can be used to measure and draw land surveys to scale. On the reverse it carries mathematical tables, a quadrant, and a sundial. It would have been bought by a gentleman or wealthy practitioner keen to demonstrate his mathematical skill.

Details

Category:
Mathematics
Measurements:
overall - closed: 4 x 340 x 60 mm
overall - open: 4 x 56 x 630 mm
Identifier:
1984-742
type:
surveyor's rule
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • ruler - measuring device
status:
Permanent collection

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