Holbeche Backstaff

Description
The frame of this instrument is rosewood, while the arcs, cross bar, and sights are boxwood. The boxwood inset is inscribed "Made.by.John.Holbeche.for Capt Joseph.Swan.1738." John Holbeche advertised an Instrument Maker & Ship-Chandler at the Corner of the Hermitage in London.
Ref: Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 138.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1838
maker
John Holbeche
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Measurements
overall: 25 in; 63.5 cm
ID Number
PH.318439
catalog number
318439
accession number
234475
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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