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Magnetic Sundial by Porter – circa 1823

 An early 19th century sundial on a compass base.   It bears an interior maker’s label that is signed, “ Patronized by the King, Porter’s Magnetic Sun Dial”.  The case is 2 ” in diameter and covered in burgundy leather with a brass latch.  The dial has roman numeral hour markings, as well as compass points.  The paper dial is also signed, “S. Porter, fecit”.  This probably refers to Samuel Porter, who worked at Norfolk Place in London at this time and was know to make sundials. The instrument is in very fine operating condition, noting some age stains to the leather, and age wear to the lining that covered the inside lid.   It is a very interesting piece, akin to a pocket watch for its day.

Item 7043....................sold

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