~RARE 18th C. SUNDIAL/COMPASS WITH FOLDING PIN GNOMEN~
500 GBP ($650 USD)
A very unusual 3 1/2 inch compass/sundial with folding pin gnomen c.1780
3 1/2 inches (8 cm.) x 7/8 (>2 cm.).
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
A very fine and rare 18th century, brass compass/sundial with folding pin gnomen. 3 1/2 inches in diameter, paper dial divided into 16 cardinal points. Ornate, blued steel compass needle on chiselled pivot point (still points North). Roman numeral hour ring from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., divided into 15 minute increments, wheat ear decoration, gnomen capable of measuring from 0-90 degrees and folding for travel. Brass lid has the identical paper compass rose quadrant divisions and flourishes. Threaded lid screws on cleanly and securely. No damage internally or externally noting minor oxidation of paper in the lid. Oddly, unsigned. Magnificent early workmanship/chiselling. Pocket size. c.1780.
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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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