An Italian ring dial, late 18th century

An Italian ring dial, late 18th century



18th century

Country of manufacture


Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


The ring measures 7,4 cm in diameter and 13cm height with the double ring.

This crude ring, a countryside work, is not signed but Italian (according with the month scale in Italian). It is from the late 18th century.

Italian ring dials are quite unusual to find.

The meridian circle, the larger of the two rings, is engraved on

one of its two faces with 90-degree scale marked only 30, 40 and 50 degrees. 

The equinoctial circle bears, on its flat part, the hours scale

(two scales of I-XII) and on its edge the same scale.

In the axis of the poles, the diametral blade is graduated by a calendar scale.

The orifice to receive the sun’s rays slides along these scales.

Genuine condition.

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