Scrimshaw Hand Crafted Astrolabe With Opal

Scrimshaw Hand Crafted Astrolabe With Opal

Scrimshaw Hand Crafted Astrolabe With Opal
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Product Description

Fossil Ivory, Sterling Silver and Opal

"We walk up the beach under the stars. And when we are tired of walking, we lie flat on the sand under a bowl of stars. We feel stretched, expanded to take in their compass. They pour into us until we are filled with stars, up to the brim."
Whether you love things nautical or astronomical, you'll want our working model Astrolabe , or keep it in a nautically inspired room!

The Astrolabe was invented by the Greeks to make measurements of the angular height of celestial bodies above the horizon. The instrument is basically a circle with degrees marked on a portion of its outer rim. A pointer (the alidade) is free to rotate about the center of the circle. To use the Astrolabe, the navigator would hold the instrument above his head and sight along the alidade until he lined up the North Star (Polaris), for example, with both ends of the pointer. He would then read the angle Polaris made with the horizon - And lo and behold, this angle is equal to the observer's latitude! By the 15th century, ship's navigators had developed the Astrolabe into a precise instrument from which (among other things) they would determine their latitude at sea.

Made with a pierced body of fossil ivory (pierced to cut down on windage at sea), its alidade actually rotates and is turned up at its ends for easy sighting. The center of the alidade is marked with a lovely small opal. The right-hand upper quadrant of the body is hand etched in from 0 to 90 degrees. It has a full Sterling Silver bezel, and a graceful bail. 1 1/4 inches round. Shown with Light Fossil Walrus Ivory body, Medium Tan alidade axis and Light Mammoth alidade. An altogether captivating piece!

Sterling Silver and fossil ivory

Scrimshaw Etching Options

These are our regular Scrimshaw Design Etchings. In addition to these designs, as an added option, you may send us a picture of your choice for a commission price quote.

Etching Options

Fossil Ivory Color Charts

Below are the available colors of our fossil ivories. Our high quality fossilized ivories have been reclaimed from the ground after sharing the earth for up to 30 millennia! Even after all this time, Fossil Ivory remains warm and sensuous organic ivory; it is not petrified. It has developed its beautiful colors by taking up minerals from the earth and these colors are impossible to match in any contemporary ivories by modern processes.

Fossil Ivory Color Chart Limited Availability Fossile Walrus Ivory Colors Fossil Walrus Bark Ivories
We have the largest selection of fossil ivories anywhere! Highest Quality - Handmade in our studio and satisfaction guaranteed Personalize most items at no extra charge! We can do commissioned pieces.
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