Mechanical equinoctial sundial, mid 18th century.

 
Mechanical equinoctial sundial, mid 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Description

The dial was made by Jeremiah Sison, before 1752. The clock face was turned approximately south, the first pinhole was moved to the date, and the orientation of the dial was altered until the spot of light from the first pinhole coincided with the second. Turning the dial turned the hands on the clock, which then showed the time.

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