Portable sundial

< 1 of 1 > Back

probably made in London

Postcard of Portable sundial.
© National Museums Scotland

Portable sundial

This portable sundial, for use in Indian latitudes, was made in the late 19th century, probably in London, for Charles Nephew & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Calcutta in India.

The brass sundial is permanently fixed in its wooden case which is fitted with three levelling screws. The arm is graduated from 0 to 60 degrees. The instrument is engraved by the scale 'Charles Nephew & Co./ Calcutta'.

The dial was made for sale in Calcutta, where the long hours of sunlight at lower latitudes would have made it a saleable item. By this date, however, most people who could afford pocket sundials would carry watches.

Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-100-102-668-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1923.24
Date: Late 19th century
Material: Brass, wooden case
Dimensions: 4.50" D (case)
What: Sundial, portable
Subject: 20. TIME MEASUREMENT, Sundials (Departmental Classification)
Who: Charles Nephew and Co., Calcutta, India (Sundial maker)
Where: England, London
India, West Bengal, Calcutta
Description: Portable sundial of brass, for use in Indian latitudes, permanently fixed in a wooden case, probably made in London for Charles Nephew and Co., Calcutta, late 19th century
Related Records:
< 1 of 1 > Back
Powered by Scran