18th Century Sundial & Compass

$55.00

Both the sundial and compass have their roots in the Ancient World and the Age of Exploration.

A sundial is a device that tells the time of day using sunlight and the apparent position of the Sun in the sky. They typically consist of a flat plate (the dial) and a "gnomon", which casts a shadow onto the dial. As the Sun appears to move across the sky, the shadow aligns with different hour-lines, which are marked on the dial to indicate the time of day.

The compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that uses the concepts of magnetism to shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions. They usually include a diagram known as a "compass rose" that shows the directions north, south, east, and west on the compass face as abbreviated initials.

The 18th Century Sundial & Compass combines both instruments into one small package. It features a triangular gnomon which stands upright and which then casts a shadow to show the time. The correct time will show only if the local latitude corresponds to the angle of the gnomon.

The 18th Century Sundial & Compass is fashioned out of brass and glass and is hand-buffed with an aged duotone finish. It also includes a booklet of instructions and a brief history of the combination object.

Size: This unique item is approximately 6 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm (2.36 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches)