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Inventory no. 55574 - Former Display Label

German POLYHEDRAL DIAL
1596

Ivory and gilt brass. Signed, "H D 1596" below a maker's mark, {serpent}, representing a crowned serpent. [I. e. Hans Ducher (or Tucher) of Nuremberg.]
Includes:
1. A horizontal? string-gnomon dial, for latitudes 42°, 48° and 54°, with hour-lines for ordinary hours; a compass; and a horizontal pin-gnomon dial with hour-lines for Italian hours.

2. A vertical direct West pin-gnomon dial with hour-lines for ordinary and Italian hours.

3. A vertical direct East pin-gnomon dial with hour-lines for ordinary and Italian hours.

4. A vertical pin-gnomon dial showing the length of the day and the sun's position in the Zodiac.

5. A lunar volvelle.

The gnomons, the compass-needle, and part of the volvelle are missing.

[G. 207]
Lewis Evans Collection.

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