|When a sundial is aligned North locally, the sun casts a shadow on the
gnomen, giving the approximate time. This fact quite naturally led to the development of a combination
sundial and compass.
Used in Europe and England since the 1500's they crossed the Atlantic with early explorers
of the Americas.
In colonial America, it was the "pocket watch" of many notables of American history. They
are still found occasionally.
Our Pocket Sundial Compass is a circa 1750 colonial type. The box is solid
mahogany, and the compass is turned from solid brass bar stock. The needle is jeweled and heat
Upon opening the box, the lid draws the string taut, and it becomes the
gnomon. The sundial
is on the inside of the lid. When facing North, the shadow will give the approximate time.
This uniquely beautiful compass is entirely machined and assembled in our shop at Ames,
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Pocket Sundial Compass
(3 or more shipped FREE to same address)
Our Pocket Sundial Compass