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Code 5495
EUR 1000.00
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1621949394Code 5495 Antique sundialEngraved boxwood diptych sundial with brass hinges, book-shaped, English manufacture, first decade of the 19th century. The sundial is equipped with a compass for orientation inserted in the base with a needle lock and complete with a compass card on paper with eight winds and a goniometric circle. The gnomon is made up of a thread that is put under tension, according to the direction of the celestial axis, when the sundial lid is opened. A label placed on the inside of the lid has the instructions in English about the operation of the instrument. Inside the lid there is the hour dial, with the indication of the daytime hours. Excellent condition, fully functional. Closed measures 7.5x5.5 cm - 2.95x2.16 inches, thickness 2 cm - 0.78 inches.

The functioning of the sundial depends on the apparent movement of the Sun. It consists of a gnomon or stylus that projects the sun's shadow on a surface crossed by the tracing of the hour lines. To read the time correctly, the sundial must face north, which is done using the compass. This simple and ingenious system spread in the 17th and 18th centuries through the production of specimens, of wood or ivory.

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