London, South Kensington
17 May 2007
A fine English gilt-brass inclining compass sundial,
Edm Culpeper Londini fecit 1695 - 1725
with wheatsheaf and foliate decoration throughout, the hinged hour-plate with hour-circle numbered clock-wise IIII-XII, XII-VIII and shaped folding gnomon, the base plate with folding latitude arm numbered 0-60, engraved with table of latitudes for nine cities and the compass basin engraved with eight compass points, 0-0-20 scale and with blued-steel needle, the obverse of base-plate with further table of latitudes for twenty-three cities and with two brass feet, in original octagonal fishskin-covered, plush-lined case
8cm. (3 1/8in.) wide
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Included in the Exposition, and accompanying catalogue La Mesure du temps dans les collections Belges in 1984.
Similar sundials can be found in the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of the History Science in Oxford.
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