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Code BA140129539: Late 1800 TEMPUS FUGIT English Sundial and Compass

This is an rare example and unusual English sundial and compass. It is marked TEMPUS FUGIT, which means "Time Flies" in Latin. This expression was very common on clocks in the 1800s. I would date this sundial to late 1800 or early 1900. It comes in a nice wood case still in nice condition with only a small line to the side but nothing serious. Probably name of owner A. Gittins is written on the lid. When the lid is open it reveals a nice compass with a gnomon that can be unfolded. The sundial is marked A. W. GAMAGE Ltd. HOLBORN. Inside the lid there is a paper sticker with original instructions on how to use the sundial to read solar time. It reads:



Place or hold in a level position in the

sunshine, and when the Compass Needle has

properly settled turn Dial round until the

north end of the Needle (which is denoted

by being blued or by sharp point), settles

in line and pointing towards arrow mark

on Dial, raise the brass pin or Gnomon

to its full height; the shadow then thrown

on Dial is the correct solar time.

When using Dial take care not to

place it near any iron or steel,

as that would render the

reading inaccurate.

The case opens and closes as it should. It has Roman numerals divided to 15 minutes intervals. The compass is very precise and points North. The sundial measures approximately 58mm in diameter and approximately 15m in depth.