~EUROPEAN DESK/TRAVELLING BRASS COMPASS/SUNDIAL ON WOODEN PLINTH~
A European pocket, desk/travelling compass/sundial in brass with folding gnomen on wooden plinth and card case c.1830
7.5 x 7.5 x 2 cm.
Country of manufacture
Pleasing decorative design with ornate folding gnomen on a wooden plinth and four brass bun feet. Eight cardinal points (East marked O-German, David Beringer ???), blued and steel floating compass needle points North, black plinth (ebony?), original glass. Measuring 5.5 cm. square, plinth is 6.5 cm. square, hour ring with Roman numerals (morning IIII-XII and afternoon/evening XII-VIII), ornate chiselling of brasswork screwed down to the plinth on the corners, The black card (faux leather) case with three roses decorating the center. Case shows wear from use but is intact with a silk thread to extract the instrument. I have found one other example in an American (New-York Historical Society) museum/library but it is misdated 1700-1800. I believe this to be late Georgian/Victorian in age due to the triangular compass needle design.
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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).
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