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Norfolk, VA 23517

Hand-Painted Diptych Sundial and Compass (Possibly Beringer, Nuremberg), c.1777-1821


A bright and colorful diptych sundial in the style of Europe at the end of the 18th century. Hand-painted on printed paper and pasted on fruitwood. Copper hinges and clasps. Includes a glass encased compass with the needle still in place.

In the tradition of the workshop of David Beringer, who worked from 1777 to 1821 in Nuremberg. Front includes an unusual image with a man, a tower, and the sun, perhaps showing the user how to operate this sundial.

This sundial shows Carstadt (Carlstadt?) at latitude 40, which is unusual and may indicate intended use in the Americas, which would have been at latitude 40. Sundial is set at latitude 50, which indicates it was most likely used last near Krakow in Poland.

Latch eye is missing. Very slight water damage around another copper eye. Some minor curling in paper. Otherwise in incredible condition.

From Germany in the late 18th or early 19th century.

Dimensions are 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3/4 inches when closed. Weighs 10 oz.


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