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Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum

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Replicas and Restorations of Early Instruments by Richard A. Paselk

Richard Paselk, Curator

For the Museum’s dedication ceremony (October 13, 2000) I was requested to add a short presentation on my replicas and/or interpretations of medieval scientific instruments. This exhibit commemorates my retirement from HSU, though I will continue as curator of this museum with a reduced commitment. In a spirit of symmetry I am presenting this exhibit of many of my efforts.

I have been interested in ancient scientific instruments for most of my adult life, but had no access to them here on the North Coast, so I decided to make some replicas/models myself. My models are based on pictures, images in artworks and contemporary and modern descriptions as available. Though initially made for my own pleasure, I quickly began incorporating them into talks and lectures for University and Community groups. Many of the models and restored navigational instruments I use to support lectures and workshops are displayed here. Reproductions of paintings showing original pieces in use are included for color and context, when available.

Click on an object on the image map below to learn more about it.

Alternatively, the objects are accessed below by theme (shelf) from top to bottom and left to right:

Left Side

    Cross Staff; Wooden Mariner's Quadrant

    Planispheric Astrolabe; Armillary Sphere

    The Torquetum

Right Side

    Mariner's Astrolabes

    Quadrant and Tools

    Instrument Restorations: Orrery & Octant

Case image with hotspots for objects Calculations for Commerce and Shipping iconShipping Products to Markets icon Laboratory Instruments for Health and Industry icon Calculations for Commerce and Shipping icon Microscopes for Health and Medicine icon Shipping Products to Markets icon Scales for Apothecaries and Assayer icon Restored instruments Instruments for Personal Observations & Curiosity icon

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HSTC (1921-34)
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HSC (1935-1953)
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HSC (1954-1973)


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Last modified 11 March 2015