Scioptic Ball

Scioptic Ball

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A scioptic ball is a universal joint that allows an optical instrument to be pointed in many directions. The form originated in the early seventeenth century. This example, from Brown University, probably dates from the mid-nineteenth century.
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scioptic ball
Scioptic ball
overall: 3 5/8 in x 6 9/16 in x 6 7/16 in; 9.2075 cm x 16.66875 cm x 16.35125 cm
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National Museum of American History
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