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Diptych-dial; printed and tinted paper mounted on wood; list of towns with latitudes; vertical string-gnomon dial; horizontal string-gnomon; compass: well marked for declination N10W; signature.
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Height: 14 millimetres
Length: 102 millimetres
Width: 63 millimetres
- Curator's comments
A similar dial in the Greenwich Maritime Museum, reg. no. AST0286, is also made of wood and paper and poorly worked and finished. It appears that the paper designs were published by [I. G.]Stockert and then stuck onto the wooden diptych leaves by an amateur--possibly the maker; see H. Higton, Sundials at Greenwich, Oxford 2002, no. 289, pp.293-4.
A typical example of the late diptych dial.
a. A list (in English) of fifty-eight towns in six countries, with their latitudes in degrees. Eleven in America, eleven in 'England' (including Edinburgh, Dublin and Glasgow), seven in Spain, fifteen in France, two in Italy, twelve in 'Germany' (including Vienna). Bordered with a decorative pattern.
b. Vertical string-gnomon dial. There is a string hole for this dial at 49° , and marks for further holes serving the horizontal dial below, at 54°, 52°, 50°, 48°, 46°, 44°, 42°, 40° and 38°. Various coloured decorations, including rosettes and swags.
c. Horizontal string-gnomon dial, with hour-scales in the form of concentric octagons for latitudes 55°, 50° and 45°, surrounding a compass, the well marked for declination N10°W, and with the signature: Stockert. The dial surrounded by convential decorations in colour.
d. Plain wood
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Nov 2016) paper bubbling (on wood)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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