Magnetic compass and sundial by Henry Sutton

Made:
1650-1665
maker:
Henry Sutton
and
H. Sutton

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Compass in case Sutton, H. Compass in boxwood case, by Hy. Sutton
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Folding pocket sundial and compass in boxwood case with string gnomon and large magnetic needle, by Henry Sutton,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Folding pocket sundial and compass in boxwood case with string gnomon and large magnetic needle, by Henry Sutton,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Folding pocket sundial and compass in boxwood case with string gnomon and large magnetic needle, by Henry Sutton,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Folding pocket sundial and compass in boxwood case with string gnomon and large magnetic needle, by Henry Sutton,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Folding pocket sundial and compass in boxwood case with string gnomon and large magnetic needle, by Henry Sutton,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Folding pocket compass and sundial in boxwood case made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1650-1665.

Portable compasses and sundials were simple tools that were useful for navigation on land, river and at sea (to a limited extent). Compass needles needed to be re-magnetised occasionally by rubbing against a lodestone. Henry Sutton, the maker of this instrument, was a leading mathematical instrument maker in London. He died in the plague of 1665 and his loss was lamented by the Royal Society.

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Details

Category:
Navigation
Object Number:
1928-942
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cotton (fibre), glass, ink, paper (fibre product), wood (unidentified)
type:
sundial
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
credit:
Court, Thomas Henry

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