Mining dial

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probably made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Mining dial.
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Mining dial

This brass mining dial was made around 1850, probably by Alexander Adie & Son, scientific instrument makers based in Edinburgh. Despite its name the mining dial was used in a wide range of local and estate surveying.

The mining dial has two opposing slit and window sights. The silvered dial shows the four cardinal points and has a scale divided into 360 degrees marked at half degree intervals. Engraved on the dial plate is 'Adie & Son/ Edinburgh'.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-759-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.148
Date: Around 1850
c. 1850
Material: Brass. Inscription: Adie & Son Edinburgh
Dimensions: 171 mm D
Who: Adie and Son, Edinburgh (Maker)
Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Glazed circular compass in brass with silvered dial, recessed circular level, 2 folding opposed slit and window sights and socket mount, signed by Adie and Son of Edinburgh, c. 1850
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. p 70 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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