18th Century Sundial and Compass
The functional and ornamental 18th Century Sundial and Compass is a great gift!
A sundial compass is a combination of these two instruments, consisting of a portable sundial which is attached over a compass via a hinge. There are some adjustable legs that need to be used to level the instrument if not on level ground. The gnomon is hinged and needs to be put in the up position where it locks into place. There should be what looks like a protractor that is to the right of the gnomon that is on a hinge, and this needs to be flipped up as well. The protractor is used to set the sundial to the correct latitude angle, while the compass is used to find true north based on the area's magnetic north declination. Raising the triangular gnomon upright while pointing the compass needle north will show the time. The correct time will show only if the local latitude corresponds to the angle of the gnomon.
The sun dial measures 3.25" x 3.25" x 1" and is made of dry bronze, hand aged and hand polished. It comes with hand colored reproduction compass cards and an ornate box, great for gift-giving. The 18th Century Sundial and Compass is a not only a great gift, it is an excellent way to learn how ancient man told time.