Returning to the suggestion I made that perhaps some items are meant to be transferred from the left to the right wheel, notice the hatching on the left wheel is horizontal, whereas that on the right wheel is vertical; this suggests that the right wheel should be rotated 90 degrees in one direction or the other, before the items from the left wheel are added.
In addition to this, the fact that the wheel in the left picture is chopped off on the right side means that the wheel itself does not occupy the centre of the square outlined in blue, whereas the one to the right does occupy the central position. This may mean that any attempt to match up items brought over from the left side may require the allowance of this fact in positioning the transported items. In other words they may have to be placed to the left of the assumed position.
Lastly, the triangular pendulum in the right wheel is constructed with unequal angles. The upper right angle is 72 degrees, a pentagonal number. Its twin upper left angle is 78 degrees leaving the bottom angle at 30 degrees. For a pentagonal figure they should have read 72 deg., 72 deg. and 36 degrees. Maybe Bessler was pointing to the presence of a pentagram or maybe the angle should form the centre of a new pentagram?
There are other features in this illustration which appear to serve a purpose but for which I am unable to find an explanation at this time, so I merely point to them in the hope that someone else might see further than I have.
The upper left corner of the left side drawing has had the corner of the roof added to accomodate the pulley, labelled 5, and to align with the extension of one of the chords of the pentagram. This must be to draw attention to the pentagram. The tall rectangle containingthe number 5 pulley, rope and chest, on the left side of the left drawing appears to have been added as an after thought, because without it the two squares which encompass both sides of the whole illustration, outlined in blue, are of equal sized. The left square, equal in size to the right one, incorporates the cut-off section of the wheel so that was clearly a design feature. Bessler could have included the number 5 pulley and the down-rope and chest going through the window but inside the blue square - but he didn’t.
There are more peculiarities attached to this drawing than any other, except the water-pumping wheel which I shall post details elsewhere on this site. But space here is limited but hopefully this will engage someone’s mind who has a deeper understanding of this field of research.
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