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Dial of Regiomontanus type; brass; two leaves hinged together; outer face of top leaf: rectangular calendar table with inscription; inner face of top leaf: typical dial of Regiomontanus; vertical scale of zodiac signs; quadrant superposed on hour lines; inner face of lower leaf: vacant repoussé hollow to accommodate linked arms and plumb-bob of dial; surrounded by list of names of towns and latitudes; initials.
- Length: 86 millimetres (leaf)
- Width: 58 millimetres (leaf)
Outer face of top leaf A rectangular calendar table linking day of week with date. Below, the inscription (in Dutch).
Om te weeten den ouderdom
vande lopende Maent mits te weten
wat dagh vande weeke dat
valt den 25en vande Maent
van Merte, dan is jder ghetal
onder hun maent in de collomne
oock sulck eenen dach etc.
Inner face of top leaf Typical dial of Regiomontanus, with, to right of the hour-lines, a vertical scale of zodiac signs, with equinoxes at 20 March and 20 September approximately. Superimposed on the hour-lines, a quadrant 0°-90° marked 'Quadrant om te weeten de hoghde der Sonne'.
Inner face of lower leaf A vacant repoussé hollow of a shape to accommodate linked arms and plumb-bob of the dial, surrounded by a list of the names of thirty European towns with their latitudes in degrees and fractions, grouped according to countries.
Within a cartouche, the initials BBC.
Outer face of lower leaf Blank
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCC3483
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