Sun-and-moon dial by Elias Allen

Made:
1607-1653
maker:
Elias Allen
Bronze octagonal Moon dial by Elias Allen, about 1630, 10 1/8" wide engraved "Elias Allen fecit a Moone diall" Gnomon Bronze octagonal Moon dial by Elias Allen, about 1630, 10 1/8" wide engraved "Elias Allen fecit a Moone diall" Gnomon Group photograph of Portable universal equinoctial sundial, in brass, signed "A Ryther * Fecit * 1588" with inscription

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Bronze octagonal Moon dial by Elias Allen, about 1630, 10 1/8" wide engraved "Elias Allen fecit a Moone diall" Gnomon
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Bronze octagonal Moon dial by Elias Allen, about 1630, 10 1/8" wide engraved "Elias Allen fecit a Moone diall" Gnomon
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Group photograph of Portable universal equinoctial sundial, in brass, signed "A Ryther * Fecit * 1588" with inscription
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

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Sun-and-moon dial made by Elias Allen between 1607 and 1653 at his workshop, near St. Clement's Church, London. Engraved "Elias Allen fecit a Moone diall". It is callibrated for use at the latitude 51 1/2.

Sun-and-moon dials are time-reckoning devices that can be used in daylight as sundials and at night as moondials. This example was made by Elias Allen (active 1602-1653) at his workshop known as 'The Bull's Head' which was situated near St. Clement's Church, near the Strand in London. Allen was a mathematical instrument maker who moved to London from Tonbridge in Kent to take up an apprenticeship with Charles Whitwell in around 1602.

Details

Category:
Time Measurement
Object Number:
1921-613
type:
sundial
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • timepiece
credit:
Court, Thomas Henry