Georgian Mahogany Waywiser by Richard Glynne of London For Sale
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Georgian Mahogany Waywiser by Richard Glynne of London


A Georgian mahogany Waywiser by Richard Glynne of Fleet Street, London, circa 1725. Diameter of wheel: 81 cm The brass dial is graduated in poles, furlongs and miles, dial centre ornately engraved and signed ‘R Gynne Fecit’[sic]. 40 poles = 1 furlong 8 furlongs = 1 mile Waywisers were used by the ancient Chinese and Greeks, but became popular in the 18th century as the need for surveying increased with the enclosures and canal building. They translate the length travelled by the circumference of the large wheel to distance which can be read off the face. Waywisers are also known as odometer, surveyor's wheel, or perambulator. Richard Glynne (1681 - 1755) Map surveyor, Mathematical instrument maker, who traded at Atlas & Hercules in Cheapside (1712-16) & Atlas & Hercules, opposite Salisbury Court Fleet St. (1718-29) both London, England.


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    circa 1725
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 48.04 in. x Dm 31.89 in.

    H 122 cm x Dm 81 cm

  • Diameter
    31.89 in. (81 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
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