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 Ulrich Schniep
Ulrich Schniep was born in Wiesensteig (near Ulm) and was active from 1545 onwards. His craftsmanship was sought out by wealthy clients such as Duke Albrecht and Emperor Maximilian II. As early as 1551, Emperor Charles V granted Schniep the privilege of a coat of arms featuring a polyhedral sundial and the motto 'Asteranimos und Kundtpassmacher'. In 1554 Ulrich Schniep moved to Munich where he trained other makes such as his son Alexius Schniep and Markus Purmann.

More than fifty instruments (mainly sundials and gunner's instruments) are known, the earliest dating from 1553 and the latest to 1588. Ulrich Schniep died in the early summer of 1588.

For instruments by Ulrich Schniep, see:
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1563 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1566 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, 1550-70 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astronomical Compendium, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1553 (Oxford, MHS)
   Diptych Dial, Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1579 (London, BM)
   Horizontal Dial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1570 (Oxford, MHS)
   Horizontal Dial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1568 (Oxford, MHS)
   Horizontal Dial, Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Date; place 1572 (London, BM)
   Horizontal Dial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1572 (Oxford, MHS)
   Inclining Dial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1585 (Oxford, MHS)
   Inclining Dial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1587 (London, BM)
   Nocturnal And Sundial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1581 (Oxford, MHS)
   Polyhedral Dial, Signed by Ulrich Schniep, Munich, Dated 1567 (London, BM)

References:

E. Zinner, Deutsche und Niederl?ndische astronomische Instrumente des 11. bis 18. Jahrhunderts (2nd ed., Munich, 1967), pp. 522-7, and p. 686.

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