An astronomical compendium in gilted brass and silver by Volkmer – 1641

An astronomical compendium in gilted brass and silver by Volkmer – 1641




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Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


Astronomical compendium in gilt and silver brass and silver signed Thobias Volkmer in Munich and dated 1641.

The instrument measures 95x95x30 mm closed.

It is composed of a geometric quadrant with movable alidade decorated with fruits and mascarons, an horizontal sundial set for 48° North latitude – ie. that of Munich where Volkmer was based -, a compass with a wind rose, two sides without engraving, and a geometric square.  

A similar compendium is preserved in Cambridge.

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