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Roman Bronze Architect's "Plumb Bob" with Nice Patina


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1295852
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This nice Roman bronze is a "plumb bob" that dates circa 1st-3rd century A.D. This piece is approximately 2.5 inches high, by 1.75 inches in diameter. This piece is a complete piece, is in superb to mint condition, and has no repair/restoration. This piece has a beautiful dark green/blue patina, and some minute dark green mineral deposits. This piece was also cast as a single solid piece that has a great deal of weight. This piece has an opening at the top which also opens on the side of the top knob. This allowed for a cord to pass through the hole, and allowed for the cord to be perfectly centered. This cord was a guide for an architect and/or mason to construct a building and/or wall. The construction worker would follow the straight line of the "plumb bob" cord and match bricks to it's edge. This piece was a valuable tool and allowed for construction projects with great accuracy. The piece offered here is a very fine example, and is hung from a custom display stand. Ex: Private German collection, circa 1970's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: