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Only the once-gilded brass CASE and LID remain of this astronomical compendium.
The OUTSIDE of the LID is engraved with concentric rings, the first four used to calculate the date of Easter, inscribed as follows: 'Leap Yare'; 'Doinica let' (Dominical Letters); 'Gould nub' (Golden Number); and 'Epacte' (a table of epacts). The central rings are used to calculate the day when the sun enters a particular zodiacal sign, inscribed as follows: 'Moneths' (and the initials of the names of the months); 'Daies' (and the day); 'Sunne' (and a ring of symbols for the sun); 'Signe' (and the symbols of the zodiacal signs). The spandrels space is decorated with foliage.
The INSIDE of the lid has a quartered shield, with the arms of Stanhope, Mauleval, Longvilers and Lexington.
The OUTSIDE of the BOX is engraved with similar rings, with the Prime Numbers labelled 'The Prime', the Dominical Letter labelled 'Sonda lette', Quadragesima labelled 'Fir lent Son', and Easter day labelled 'Easter doma'. In the spandrel spaces is foliate decoration.
The INSIDE of the box is empty.
The instrument has a ring for suspension.
- Production date
- 1595-1605 (ca. 1600?)
Height: 14 millimetres
Length: 58 millimetres
Width: 58 millimetres
- Not on display
Latest: 3 (Mar 2017)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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