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Porter's Ivory Magnetic Sundial, Circa 1824


Offered for sale is AN ANTIQUE Victorian IVORY MAGNETIC SUNDIAL AND COMBINED Thermometer, made by PORTER and dated Feb. 16th., 1824. Modelled as a fluted pedestal, with beaded and fluted ornament to the capital and plinth, with incised scales to the thermometer (glass thermometer missing), the compass with paper-dial (lacking glass cover), the underside applied with a paper label, inscribed 'Patronized by the KING, PORTER'S MAGNETIC SUNDIAL' and further inscribed 'Floating on an agate cap' It measures 4 1/2" high, 2 1/4" at the base and 2" at the top.

This item is described in the literature as a SAMUEL PORTER MAGNETIC SUNDIAL ON FLOATING COMPASS - 1824

The compass part is intact and in good condition for it's age. There is a period round paper on the bottom. It reads, 'Samuel Porter Facet February 16th., 1824. Porter's Magnetic Sun Dial on the Floating Compass Card Entered at Stationer's Hall'. The words 'Entered at Stationers' Hall' denotes entry in the copyright registers, the official record of copyright and legal deposit, administered by the Stationers' Company in London from 1554 to 1923.

The National Maritime Museum has two similar Porter sundials catalogued.

Lit: Gouk, Penelope, The Ivory Sundials of Nuremberg 1500-1700 Cambridge 1988

Ref. :The Museum of Science, Oxford

Provenance: Christie's Auction, March 2006

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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