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sundial / horizontal dial / compass-dial

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  • Description

    Horizontal compass dial; gilt brass; scrolled engraving on gnomon and part of dial-surface; central plate in shape of polar gnomon; vacant hole presumably for compass; stamped.

  • Date

    • 1875
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 62 millimetres
    • Width: 44 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    Two similar instruments can be found at the Cambridge Whipple Museum , acc. nos. Wh: 0858 and Wh: 1201; a third instrument which is similar but unfinished and less decorated is at the Greenwich Maritime Museum, reg. no. AST0384. See H. Higton, Sundials at Greenwich, Oxford 2002, no. 40, p. 83.

  • Bibliography

    • Ward 1981 034 bibliographic details
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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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