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Horizontal Sundial by I. Nemes (John Nemes)

Horizontal Sundial by I. Nemes (John Nemes)

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This cylindrical instrument consists of a brass base to which a paper compass rose is attached. The compass has eight points, with a fleur de lis at North. The compass is divided by degrees from zero to 90 in each of its quadrants. It includes a metal needle and glass cover. The removable brass hour circle with folding gnomon fit above this. The circle is calibrated from III to XII to VIII. Each hour is divided into fourths. The gnomon is scalloped on two edges. The circular brass lid also has a paper compass rose atached to the inside. The compass roses are identical, with both marked: I. NEMES Fecit.
Nemes was a brazier known for selling sundials, in business from 1725 to 1753.
Compare 1986.0599.01.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Sundial, Horizontal
date made
Nemes, John
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
brass (case, gnomon material)
paper (overallcompass rose material)
overall: 3 cm x 6 cm x 2.5 cm; 1 3/16 in x 2 3/8 in x 31/32 in
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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