Inclinometer, (also called dip circle or dipping compass), metal / wood / glass, made by Gambey à Paris, Paris, France, [1815-1818]
An inclinometer used to indicate the vertical direction of the earth's magnetic field. The inclinometer or dip circle consists of a horizontal circle with a graduated scale engraved on its surface. The horizontal circle is fixed to a tripod with adjustable legs. A brass platform attached to the horizontal circle supports a brass level and a vertical brass frame. The level has a glass window in the top through which liquid can be viewed. One side of the level has corroded and become detached from the brass plate. The vertical frame holds a vertical circle with a graduated scale engraved around its edge. Balanced in the centre of the frame is a needle that is pointed at both ends. A square wooden and glass frame surrounds the circle of the inclinometer.
Observatory stock number 212.