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Offered for sale is a very rare Nuremberg Ivory Diptych Sundial, which we believe to be circa 17th century. The maker's mark in "fruit" on the lower left and lower right on the lid with braided rope scrimshawed. It measures 2 1/4" x 1 3/4' x 1/2" The dial is scrolled and scrimshawed with fruit and braided rope, and scales from I to XII, with compass with glass and needle, hour scales from I to XII. The lid is also scaled 7-12-5 and 1 -6, 6 - 12, with string gnomon. The outer face is hand shaped, brass indicator on compass and bottom with lunar volvelle.

The bottom is engraved with the principal cities around Europe, including: LONDON 52, STRASBOURG 49, NANTES 47, GENEVA 46, BORDEAUX 45, ROME 42, and LISBON 39.

There is a brass hinge on the top, a hook on the bottom to hold it closed, and an F shaped lever on the left to hold the instrument open and in position.

Lit: Lloyd, . A. : Ivory Sundials 1570-1750, Harvard University Press, Cambridge 1992

Lit: Gouk, Penelope, :THE IVORY SUNDIALS OF NUREBERG 1500-1700, Cambridge, 1988

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge, UK

Provenance: Dorotheumen

Please look at the picture and read the description, which form a part of the condition description. What you see and what you read is what you are buying

This product would make a wonderful addition to any scientific instrument or sundial collection when displayed in a prominent place, being a grand collectible item that would adorn any serious collector's prized scientific instrument and sundial accumulations, while showing a discriminating dedication for fine sundials and other scientific instrument items as well as a devotion to acquiring fine collectibles.

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  • Model: Ivory Diptych Sundial

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 12 January, 2014.

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