Equinoctial sundial, late 17th century, German

Equinoctial sundial, late 17th century, German

Stock Number: C410121-168



Late 17th century

Country of manufacture


Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


A very fine early, late 17th century, mechanical equinoctial sundial.

German silver and gilt brass, octagonal mechanical travel and pocket sundial with compass. Adjustable gnomon. Equipped with plumb bob. The whole rests on three legs.

Signed at the bottom: Nicolaus Rugendas Augspurg 48.

The mechanism can be set in advance by the user to a specific latitude with the pointer on the protractor running from 0 to 65 degrees. By pressing a button, the hour and half-hour rings automatically jump to the correct position. Then one sets the gnomon up.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

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.