Naval pocket sundial

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Pocket sundial, with compass widely used during the 15th and 16th centuries

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Pocket sundials were widely used during the 15th and 16th centuries, especially for their portability. They were small watches that were very easy to carry in any pocket (hence their name “pocket pocket”) and easy to consult, since you simply had to match the north pole of the compass they carried with the number 12 on the solar quadrant, In this way the clock was located on the north-south meridian of the place.

The shadow that the thread cast indicated the solar time. Also at that time there were appointments and meetings and therefore setting a time was also necessary, something that these simple instruments allowed them to do.

As in almost all things, there were affordable prices for the most modest classes and authentic ivory jewelry, with inlays and damascening only accessible to the wealthiest classes, apart from greater applications, such as sundials with Italic and Babylonian hours. , or equatorial type, there were also those with a small vane to measure the direction of the wind, etc.

This clock is a reproduction of a sundial found in the naval museum of Madrid, however very similar examples can be found in many museums around the world, for example the British Museum, the Greenwitch naval museum and many more.

It is made of wood, hand polished with natural waxes and presented in a beautiful gift box. It is accompanied by a small brochure with the history of the sundial and its operating instructions.

It has two modalities depending on its coverage:

– With a beautiful engraved brass plate that represents a magnetic astronomical clock designed by Athanasius Kircher.

-With a paper print of a list indicating the different latitudes of the main European cities


Width: 5cm

length: 7.5cm

Thickness: 2cm


Additional information

Weight 0,2 kg
Dimensions 0,15 × 0,1 × 0,04 cm



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