Plane table outfit

Made:
1750-1766 in London
maker:
Benjamin Cole and Son
and
Benjamin Cole

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Plane table outfit by Benjamin Cole, 1750-1766. From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive.
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Plane table outfit by Benjamin Cole, 1750-1766

This plane table was made by Benjamin Cole. Plane tabling is a method of survey which allows observations to be plotted directly on a map by a surveyor in the field. Modern versions are still used today for filling in or updating detail on street plans; in the 18th century it gave a rapid map without requiring the transfer of notes and measurements from a notebook.

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Details

Category:
Surveying
Object Number:
1933-7
type:
plane table
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surveying instrument
  • plane table
credit:
Stevens's Auction Rooms Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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