Beringer polyhedral sundial

Date: 1800

Height: 18.50cms (7.28 ins)
Width: 10cms (3.94 ins)
Depth: 8.50cms (3.35 ins)

A good example of a late 18th/early 19th century box compass in original condition, signed D Beringer,
he was well know for this design of sundial and this example is in good clean condition.

A similar sundial by David Beringer was for sale at the Palais Dorotheum in Vienna on 8 May 2006.Beringer was probably the first maker to produce this type of polyhedral dial, which became popular in South Germany towards the end of the 18th century. The Greenwich Maritime Museum collection includes two Beringer cube dials, reg. nos. AST0385 and AST0289; see H. Higton, Sundials at Greenwich, Oxford 2002, nos. 251 and 252, pp. 256-9.Ward 1981 69.

A compass in the base is set for declination N22°W and provided with a scale of degrees 0-30 west for other decinations, its card printed on paper and tinted. The cube is constructed for latitude 50° with the top suface horizontal, but can be tilted according to a plumb-bob and two scales (one on a scroll) on its east face for use in latitudes 10°-80°.
There are dials on the top surface and on all four vertical sides, with hour-lines, half- and quarter-hour marks and floral decorations. The south face is inscribed SUD and the north face NORD D. BERLINGER.

Origin: Germany

Price: £1980.00