Ulrich Schniep
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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.