• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 211

    A BRASS SCAPHE DIAL

    POSSIBLY GERMAN 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BRASS SCAPHE DIAL
    POSSIBLY GERMAN 17TH CENTURY
    unsigned and undated; the interior bowl gilt, hour lines marked and labelled twice with punched numerals 6-12-6, the symbols of the zodiac also punched; the inside of the lid with a compass with later needle rotates with pointer for scale 90-0-90, an outer scale 1-12 twice, surrouned with 32 points marked with triangles, one with a heart, a raised bridge by 4 and 5, the outside engraved with floral motifs.
    2in. (5cm.) diam.
    The style of the punched numerals suggest a Germanic origin. The floral motif possibly later, especially to the dome where the engraving is less well executed. The axis joining the two hinged sections overlaps, possibly suggesting a second dome would originally have joined this instrument.


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