Multiple diptych ivory dial by Hans II Tucher – Nuremberg c.1585

Multiple diptych ivory dial by Hans II Tucher – Nuremberg c.1585



10.7 cm x 5.5 cm x 1.8 cm



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Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


Mark: snake for Hans II Tucher (active 1557 – 1615)

Sundial: 10.7 cm x 5.5 cm x 1.8 cm       Case: 13.6 cm x 7.1 cm x 4 cm

Magnetic declination: not measurable because the compass has an unfixed paper in the bottom allowing this variation to be adjusted.

Reference: sundial of the same design and similar to the R17 (dated 1589) of our book, p.60.

Condition: excellent with fresh colours and very rare with the case.



Diptych dial composed of two ivory plates mounted on a hinge and folding up when the dial is not in use. The gnomon of the main dial is made of a thread attached between the two internal faces. Brass closing hooks. Gilded leather case with iron hinges.

Face 1a:      Lunar dial with volvelle, in gilded brass and indexes, numbered 1-12 twice and positioned in the centre of two circular scales (1-12 twice for the first and 1-29 for the second). Above, the inscription « ICH CAMPAST GENAND WEIS DEN WEG AVF WASER VND LAND VND DIE STVND BEY TAG VND NACHT WEN MAN MICH NVR BRAVCHEN MAG ». Double line borders, black and red ink.

 Face 1b:   Pin-gnomon vertical sundial, with a sun engraved in red, indicating the position (declination) in the zodiac with the 12 signs engraved and the calendar months inscribed. In the centre, 4 attachment points for the thread of the sundial corresponding to 4 latitudes 54, 51, 48 and 45° with the inscription « DIE VIER LOCH LEIN SEIN DIE POLVS HEH » and in red « DEN FADEN THV IN DAS LOCHLEIN DES POLVS » and below a list of cities and countries locating 48° to the left (in red) and 45° to the right (in black). Triple line borders, black and red ink.

Face 2b:   Horizontal sundial with 4 hour scales for the 4 latitudes 45, 48, 51 and 54° with, set in the centre, a compass with a background in polychrome paper of a wind rose with 32 directions. The steel needle is attached to a brass pivot and bevelled glass covers it all. At the 4 corners of the hour scales are engraved, in red, the heads of windblowers. In the centre of the dial there is a stamped snake, here the mark of Hans II Tucher. At the bottom, a horizontal dial with a pin-gnomon indicating the italic hours numbered 9-23 in red and on the right, hour lines numbered 8-16 with the equinoxes and solstices (noted by their zodiacal sign) corresponding to the length of the day during the year (8h in winter and 16h in summer) with the legend « TAGLENG » and the inscription « DIE SPICZ ZEIGT DIE TAGLENG VND DIE GANCZ VHR ». Triple line borders, black and red ink.

Face 2a:   Underside of the dial engraved with a list of cities and countries in 2 columns, one on the left for the latitude of 54°, and the other on the right, for the latitude of 51°. Simple line along the border.

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After 37 years in Le Louvre des Antiquaires, the Delalande gallery moved early June 2015 to 35 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, on the other side of the Seine River in the well known antic shops area "le Carré Rive Gauche".
Our main specialties are, since 1976, Marine and Scientific instruments, Tobacco and Opium objects, Curiosities and Great Canes.
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