The Boreal Arrow
Code BA140327527: English Sundial and Compass in Wood Case, c. 1820
|This an extremely rare sundial compass dating from around 1820. It is housed in a mahogany case still in excellent condition with a strong hinges. It has a small split to the edge of the case but this is very common on these models after all these years, but nothing serious. The hook is present and works fine to secure the lid when closed. The gnomon is yellow brass. It must be unfolded to read the solar time on the circular ring above the glass crystal that covers the compass. The glass crystal and gnomon are in excellent condition without any damage. The compass has a flat needle with a crown shaped brass cap. The dial has a typically nautical design with a nice compass rose. It points North with precision and there is a transit lock that comes into operation when the lid is closed. The size of this example is 76 mm square by 24 mm deep.