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Sun-and-moon dial by Elias Allen
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.
'Merkhet', Ancient Egyptian astronomical timekeeping instrument, bronze with hieroglyphic text inlaid with electrum metal, fitted with replica plumb bob, 600BCE. Inscription indicates it was the property of Bes, son of Khonsirtis (Khensardais var.), an astronomer priest of the god, Horus of Edfu in Upper Egypt. Used to layout axes of buildings and to determine the hours of the night by observing the passage of selected stars across the north-south meridian.
Compendium by Augustine Ryther
Compendium comprised of universal equinoctial sundial, compass and calendar made by Augustine Ryther in 1588. Signed 'A Ryther * Fecit * 1588" and incribed "WILLIAM PAWLEY OWETH THIS SAME IN ANNO DOMINI 1588".
Magnetic compass and sundial by Henry Sutton
Folding pocket compass and sundial in boxwood case made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1650-1665.
Cubical polyhedral sundial
German universal cubical sundial in wood with paper scales, signed D. Beringer, compass needle and cover glass missing, c.1780
Byzantine portable universal altitude sundial with geared calendrical device
Brass components from Byzantine portable universal altitude sundial with geared calendrical device, unsigned, Middle East, 401-600
Sundial from Liverpool Road Station, Manchester
Liverpool & Manchester Railway
Sundial from Liverpool Road Station, Manchester, 1833.
Cast of a Saxon Sundial, original at Kirkdale Church, Yorkshire
1935-1958 (reproduction); 1055-1064 CE (original)
Plaster cast of the Saxon sundial on Kirkdale Church, Yorks, originally made 1055-1064 CE, reproduction cast made 1935-1958. It marks the daylight period into four equal periods, using a horizontal gnomon which is now missing.
'Sunclock' optical sundial
'Sunclock' optical sundial, designed and made by Walter Gordon Benoy for Sunclocks, High Street, Collingham, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England, 1960-1975.
Primitive Egyptian Altitude Sundial or Shadow Clock
Primitive time measuring device consisting of wooden board with horizontal wooden gnomen or 'goal posts', the position of the shadow cast by this traverse piece indicates the passage of time, Unsigned, Egypt, 1000-800 BCE
Universal ring sundial
Universal ring dial, made by Le Marie a la Pierre o' Airman, diameter 3 3/4 inches, brass, 1601-1700
Silver sundial by Humfrey Cole
Silver altitude sundial made and signed by Humfray Cole, London, 1568-1590. It was made for use in latitude 51°30 secs, in which London is located, Complete with original leather carry case.
Inscribed sundial of octagonal shape
Sun-dial, brass octagonal shape, the dial is inscribed "Schreteger", German, 1797-1843, 2 1/2 in diameter
"Astronomical circles" or "Armillary astrolabe" sundial
"Astronomical circles" brass part silvered 4in diameter, German, 1701-1800, or " armillary astrolabe"
Korean pocket compass and sundial
Pocket compass sundial, with Chinese and Arabic numerals, (compass needle missing), made in Korea, 1780-1880.
Persian pocket sun-dial, brass, diam 3 1/2in, Isfahan, Iran, 1678-1720
Sundial, Brass, gnomon and heads of levelling screws gilt. Plate 8 in. by 6 7/8 in. Invented by Julien le Roy. Made by Langlois, French. 1730-1751
Inscribed octagonal shaped sundial
Octagonal shaped sundial, brass, inscribed "Schreteger", 2-in. diameter, Johann Schretteger, Augsburg, Germany, 1797-1843
Diptych sundial for latitude 47 degrees
Ivory diptych sundial for latitude 47 degrees by Hanns Troschel, with vertical and horizontal dial, pin gnomon for Italian & Babylonian hours, lunar volvelle and wind pose. Wind vane, compass needle and cover glass missing. Nurnberg, German, 1623-1628
Italian Cubical Sundial, Unsigned, 1550-1570
Cubical sun-dial (30-81 V. and A. M. Reg), in wood, painted in distemper, Italian, 1550-1570, 4 inch cube.
Early Persian brass sundial compass
Early Persian brass sundial compass (compass needle missing)
Nocturnal and sundial
Nocturnal and sundial, brass, French, 3 1/2in. diameter (damaged)
Antique ring dial
Antique, ring dial by Shuttleworth suspension ring missing, one added by attd W.E. Page 1913, London, England, 1760-1811
Plaster Cast reproduction of Civita Lavinia Hemicycle, 1945-1955
350-250 BCE; 1945-1955
Plaster cast reproduction of 'hemicycle' sundial from Civita Lavinia, near Rome, reproduced by the British Museum where the original is, unsigned, 1945-1955. The instrument served to divide the day into 12 equal parts, the gnomen is now missing. Berossus, an astronomer active in the 3rd century BCE, was attributed with the invention of this type of sundial.
Silver sundial by Hunfrey Cole
Silver altitude sundial made and signed by Humfray Cole, London, 1568-1590. It was made for use in latitude 51°30 secs, in which London is located,
'Sunquest' Mean-Time Sundial, Designed by R. L. Schmoyer, 2001
1959 (designed); 2001(made)
'Sunquest' mean time sundial, heliochronometer designed by R. L. Schmoyer, made by Tony Moss, Lindisfarne Sundials, Bedlington, Northumberland 2001. The castings were made in America from Schmoyer's original 1959 pattern designs, and now held held by the American Sundial Society.
Analemmatic brass sundial
Small brass sun-dial, analemmatic, by Baradelle, Paris, France, 1701-1800 (see note).
Horizontal sundial in bronze
Horizontal sundial, by assumed to have been made by Thomas Gemini, 1551, with initials W.B. which possibly refers to William Buckley.
Sundial with separate compass
Sundial with separate compass. Brass gilt 8 5/8" by 7 1/2". Compass plate 3in. square. By Godfried Weiss, German, late 17th or early 18th century
Portable column sundial of ivory
Portable, ivory column sundial, indicating Italian hours, for use at latitude 43°, (height and diameter) 4 x 1-inches, possibly Italian, by F. F. Stephanus, Europe, 1587.
Tablet dial, ivory, size 4in. by 2 3/4in., German, date 1700, marked 1701 (Sic)
Sundial and compass on rectangular base, painted with Chinese characters
Sundial and compass on rectangular wooden base, painted Chinese characters, Chinese, 1880-1910
Sundial with missing gnomon
Sundial incomplete: gnomon missing: wood, 5" square, 1636-1700
Universal ring dial
Universal ring dial, by Martin 5" brass, England, 1738-1777
Tablet sun-dial in gilt metal
Tablet sun-dial, gilt metal, string gnomon, 3 3/8 x 2 3/8-inches, Germany, 1597. For use at latitude 50°. Engraved on base with circular tables of Julian and Gregorian epacts 1597-1615, and lunar circle. Bead threaded onto gnomon allows determination of planetary or Jewish hours (see note).
"Astronomical circle" or "armillary astrolabe" sundial
Astronomical circles, brass, 1601-1700, diameter 4 1/8 inch or "armillary astrolabe" ( suspension attachment missing)
Inscribed sundial with folding tablet
Sun-dial, ivory with folding ivory tablets, inscribed "Hans Tucher zu Nuremberg 1589" size 6" x 4", Nuremberg, 1589
Sundial and compass on rectangular base
Sundial and compass, on rectangular wooden base, varnished and polished with Chinese characters, Chinese, 1880-1910
Universal ring dial with mariners altitude dial
Brass universal ring dial with mariners altitude dial (pin missing), by Edmund Culpeper, London, 1720-1737
Universal Compass and Sundial in brass
Brass universal compass dial by Bithray, Royal Exchange, London, England, 1826-1860 (see note).
Column Sundial in Gilt Bronze, 1531-1570
Column sun-dial, gilt bronze (639-65). 9in. high, diam. of pillar = 2in. V and A. Museum Reg. Imperfect, no compass or cover glass, 1531-1570
Universal ring dial on stand
Seven inch Universal ring dial by G. Adams, on mahogany stand, (case forms base of stand), London, England, 1734-1795
Analemmatic sundial with case
Analemmatic sundial, brass, by Tuttell, London, England, 1698-1702 (gnomons imperfect) with case.
Universal ring sundial
Universal ring dial, brass, 2 5/8-inch diameter, Germany, 1790-1886 (see note).
Horizontal sundial on base in bronze
Horizontal sundia on base, by assumed to have been made by Thomas Gemini, 1551, with initials W.B. which possibly refers to William Buckley.
Japanese pocket sundial in silvered case
Pocket sundial with compass in silvered case, Japan, 1801-1866. Hour lines divided into six equal parts, method used in Japan until 1866 (see note).