Polyhedral Beringer-type cubic dial

Polyhedral Beringer-type cubic dial

Stock Number: FG_22004


Polyhedral David Beringer (1756-1821) type dial; printed and hand-colored paper on wood; cube with five polar gnomons mounted on a turned column rising from the square base with a compass in the center set for declination; top surface horizontal, dials on the top surface and all four vertical sides (west and north face missing); base decorated, card compass printed and hand-colored. Unclear signature within a wreath on the north.


Height 25 cm base 11.5 X 11.5 cm



Country of manufacture


Categories: Scientific, Scales Weights & Measures, Surveying Instruments & Mining, Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


Polyhedral dial with wooden cube dial set on a flat wooden base plate. Both the obverse side of the base and five sides of the cube are faced with hand-color black print on yellow paper. A compass with a printed compass card is set into the base. The compass has an eight-point rose. A turned wooden pillar supports the cube.

The horizontal dial has an hour scale numbered clockwise IIII-XII, I-VIII and also shows a depiction of a wreath. The South vertical dial, marked ‘SUD’, has an hour scale and a looped garland around the gnomon and the North vertical dial has an hour and a central depiction of a wreath. The West vertical dial has a diagonal hour scale with parallel hour-lines and a garland. The East vertical dial is the same as the West. There are five brass polar gnomons (two are missing) and the dial is signed with unclear names within a wreath on the North face.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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