What are the name and function of this apparatus

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what is the name and function of this apparatus

Oh! I almost made one of those one day. o0)

It apparently has many names: Dip Circle, Dip Needle, Inclination Compass..., there may be more.

http://physics.kenyon.edu/EarlyApparatus/Electricity/Dip_Needle/Dip_Needle.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip_circle; [Broken] "Dip circles (also dip needles) are used to measure the angle between the horizon and the Earth's magnetic field (the dip angle)."
 
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