GOOD POCKET COMPASS / SUNDIAL

GOOD POCKET COMPASS / SUNDIAL

Stock Number: 9121

$975.

For sale, antique English turned brass cased compass sundial with a beautiful paper rose. It has the original needle, chapter ring, and folding gnomon.

Dimensions

3-3/8 inches (8.5 cm)

Circa

c. second quarter 18th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping

Description

GOOD POCKET COMPASS / SUNDIAL, English, c. second quarter 18th century, the turned brass case and screw-on cover 3-3/8″ (8.5 cm) in diameter. The glazed compass is mounted with a beautifully designed and engraved paper rose incorporating 16 directionals, circumferential degree scale, running leaf tip design, and exquisite floral patterns. An identical paper is applied in the lid. The original shaped iron needle has an eight-sided pyramidal brass hub. Atop the glass is a fine brass chapter ring (divided every five minutes from 4am to 8pm) also with leaf tip engraving, and with folding gnomon designed for approximately 51° North latitude (consistent with London design). Condition is fine noting three later small holes in the base, and the case exterior darkening slightly. A very finely crafted instrument. 

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US TESSERACT

David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected]

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