A sundial and compass produced by the German craftsman David Beringer, C 1820 His name became synonymous with portable wooden diptych and cube sundials. The brass gnomen is mounted on a brass ring with a timescale from IIII – XII – VIII and a decorative leaves and the B of Beringer. The compass paper had a coloured rose and is marked with sixteen points marked N – NNO – NO – OON – O – OOZ – OZ – ZZO – Z – ZZW – ZW – WWZ – W – WWN – WN The latitude is 50 which means Nurnberg, Measurements: diameter 6,5 cm and is 2,7 cm high.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.
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