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Horizontal Pedestal Sundial Signed B. Pike & Sons

Horizontal Pedestal Sundial Signed B. Pike & Sons

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This circular horizontal pedestal sundial of bronze or brass has indicated on it the hours from V to XII to I to VII. The hour scale is divided to five minute intervals. It has three holes for screws to attach dial it to a pedestal, but no pedestal. The gnomon is at an angle of about 40 degrees. It is screwed to the dial plate for use, but kept separately for storage. A mark on the base reads: B. PIKE & SONS (/) 518 BROADWAY (/) NEW YORK (/) L 40 [symbol for degrees] 42'. New York City is at a latitude of 40 degrees, 44 minutes.
The company Benjamin Pike & Sons was at 518 Broadway from 1855 to 1867. An 1856 Pike catalog included advertised a horizontal sundial, but it is not identical to this one.
Deborah J. Warner, ed., Pike's Illustrated Catalogue of Scientific & Medical Instruments, Dracut: the Antiquarian Scientist and San Francisco: Jeremy Norman & Co., 1984, vol. I, p. 135. This is a facsimile of the 1856 catalog of Benjamin Pike, Jr.
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United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 10.3 cm x 19.2 cm x 19.2 cm; 4 1/16 in x 7 9/16 in x 7 9/16 in
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