A German Diptych dial circa 1780-1790

A German Diptych dial circa 1780-1790

Stock Number: 1608

£265

A German fruitwood diptych dial for the English market.Unsigned.circa 1780-90

Dimensions

63mm x 38mm x 13mm deep

Circa

1780-90

Country of manufacture

Germany

Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping

Description

A small fruitwood diptych dial manufactured for the English speaking market with compass cardinals in English.The original silk gnomon casts its shadow on applied paper scales,in both lid and base.It is angled at 50 degrees and may be adjusted by threading through different holes in the lid,ranging from 32 to 54 degrees,none of the other settings have been used.the applied papers are decorated with floral swags and naturalistic borders and are tinted in yellow,red and green.The compass paper is tinted red and yellow and has text in English for the cardinal points only.The needle is of  chamfered blued iron and has a cross bar for North and a plain section for South,with a square section brass central boss.The case is held open with a wire hook in the back of the case and lid,and held closed with a single wire hook and eye.

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GB Barry Taylor

Globeworkshop was established some 30 years ago to service the restoration requirements of dealers in scientific instruments. I am also a collector and dealer.

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