Mining dial

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Mining dial

This brass mining dial was made around 1860, probably by Gardner & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow. 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 dial shows the four cardinal points and has a scale divided into 360 degrees. Engraved on the dial plate is 'GARDNER & CO. / 53 BUCHANAN STREET,/GLASGOW'. The needle is made of steel.

Gardner & Co. had premises at 21 Buchanan Street from 1839 to 1859, and at 53 Buchanan Street from 1860 to 1882.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-762-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.152
Date: Around 1860
c. 1860
Material: Brass. Inscription: GARDNER & Co. / 53, BUCHANAN STREET, / GLASGOW.
Dimensions: 156 mm D
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Gardner and Co., Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Glazed circular compass in brass with silvered dial, recessed circular level, two folding opposed slit and window sights and socket mount, signed by Gardner and Co. of Glasgow, c. 1860
  • 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. pp 175-6 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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