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made in Aberdeen

Postcard of Sundial.
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This brass horizontal sundial was made in 1728 by Joseph Williamson, a craftsman based in Aberdeen.

The sundial has a detachable pierced brass gnomon and a small vane whose shadow gives the date by the sun's altitude at noon. The dial is inscribed 'Latitude of Aberdeen 57 deg. 10 min', 'Joseph Williamson Fecit / 1728.' and 'D / J*G'.

In 1727, Joseph Williamson was made a freeman of the Aberdeen goldsmiths' guild, according to an entry in the Register of Burgesses of Guild and Trade in the Burgh of Aberdeen. This would have enabled him to make and sell items within the burgh.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-734-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1975.171
Date: 1728
Material: Brass. Inscription: Latitude of Aberdeen 57 deg. 10 min Joseph Williamson Fecit / 1728 D / J*G
Dimensions: 318 mm D
What: Sundial, horizontal
Subject: 20. TIME MEASUREMENT, Sundials (Departmental Classification)
Who: Joseph Williamson (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Description: Horizontal sundial made by Joseph Williamson, Aberdeen, 1728
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