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Antique German Floating Compass 18th Century Fruitwood


Offered for sale is a late 18th century (circa 1780-1810) German Floating Gnomon Pocket Sundial Compass with printed and colored dial, mounted in a drum shaped fruitwood case, measuring 2 3/8" (6 cm) in outstanding condition.Provenance: Christies, S. Kensington, June 1992

Lit.: Bobinger, M.: Alt-Augsburger Kompassmacher, Verlag Rösler Augsburg 1966: S. 292 und Abb. S. 160. A Nikolaus Rugendas III (1665-1745) horizontal Sun & Moon Dial Augsburg c. 1710

A gnomon compass sundial is an instrument for determining direction and time based on the direction of the sun and a pointer (the gnomon) cast on a graduated plane. It was the main method of judging direction and time before the 16th and 17th centuries and were often made of brass and fruitwood.

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