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probably made in Duns, Borders

Postcard of Surveyors' wheel.
© National Museums Scotland

Surveyors' wheel

A surveyors' wheel, also known as a waywiser, was used for measuring distances along the ground. This steel example was made around 1830, probably by T.D. Ormiston of Duns in the Borders.

The waywiser has a wheel nine feet in circumference and a shaft terminating in a grip with a wooden handle. The rotations of the wheel are indicated by a pointer on a circular brass toothed plate which engages with a worm gear on the axle.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-741-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1978.25
Date: Around 1830
c. 1830
Material: Steel, wooden handle, brass plate. Inscription: T.D. ORMISTON / MAKER / DUNSE
Dimensions: 1420 mm L x 880 mm D
What: Waywiser / surveyors' wheel
Subject: 5. CARTOGRAPHY, Surveying (Departmental Classification)
Who: T.D. Ormiston (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Berwickshire, Duns
Description: Steel waywiser or surveyors' wheel, by T.D. Ormiston, Duns, Berwickshire, c. 1830
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