The LID of the BOX of this gilt brass astronomical compendium is laid out as a 'wegweiser' with the eight main directions and corresponding weather prognostications and the rising and setting of the sun indicated as 'schen - mitternacht - nort, schen kalt - nord ost, schen - auffgang - ost, halb schen - sud ost, Gewilckig - mittag - Sud, Regen - sud west, Trieb - nidergang - west, schne schaur - nort west'.
A circular aperture in the centre reveals a magnetic compass underneath. A 12-hour scale around this central hole is numbered 1 to 12 starting in the south. A thin metal bridge between 3 and 9 has a slot in the centre for a WIND VANE (partially broken). A small central arrow is turned to indicate the direction of the wind.
Opening the lid reveals in the INTERIOR of the box a universal equatorial sundial plate, numbered twice clockwise 1 to 12. The pin gnomon is missing.
Underneath this plate is a horizontal string gnomon dial with the hour lines marked 4 to 12 to 8 an… (See Merlin record for full description)
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