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Ring Dial
16th century; German
Gold; 25 mm in diameter

The ring is engraved on the outside with the initials of the names of the months, and has a small applied shield with a stag rampant. The shield is surrounded by the initials 'H G' and 'V B'. The sliding central band of the ring has the sighting hole. A hand and a star are engraved next to the sighting hole.

The hour numerals from 4 to 12 to 8 are engraved on the inside of the ring.

There is a smaller ring for suspension.

The instrument was formerly in the Franks Collection of finger rings (no. 1968), and is described in F. A. B. Ward, A Catalogue of European Scientific Instruments in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities of the British Museum (London, 1981), p. 62, no. 162.

Ilaria Meliconi

British Museum, London
Registration no. MLA AF 1757

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