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probably made in London

Portable sundial
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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.

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