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Antique Johann Georg Vogler Univ.Equi.Dial ca.1760


Offered for sale is the very rare Augsburg Brass and Silvered octagonal universal equinoctial dial made by JOHANN GEORG VOGLER in 1760. This outstanding but very rare dial is an engraved brass octagonal equinoctial dial signed "I.G.V.", with glazed silvered inset compass, silvered hour ring with Roman chapters and spring loaded gnomon, silvered latitude arc, with the underside engraved with the latitudes of European cities, the diameter being 2" with case.

Historically, ANDREAS VOGLER was the brother of JOHANN GEORG VOGLER, who often signed his name with the initials "I.G.V." JOHANN GEORG VOGLER started his business making sundials and scientific instruments in a shop in Augsburg in the year 1740. Andreas Vogler (his brother) took the business over at his brother's death in 1765. Thus we date the vintage of this outstandingly rare dial at the year 1760.

Ref: The Museum of the History of Science; Higton, H. "Sundials, a Illustrated History of Portable Dials, Philip Wilson, 2001; Scientific Instruments 1500-1900; Christie's Auction, S. Kensington, May, 1997; Skinner Auction Nov.2010.

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 Sundial is an instrument for marking time based on the shadow of a pointer (the gnomon) cast by the sun on a graduated plane. It was the main method of judging time before the 16th and 17th centuries and were often made of brass.

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