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What is this?

Scrolled square frame with animal allegories of the Four Continents: camel, horse, lion and monkey; hinged quadrant, hour circle with gnomon and pendulum; in center, recessed circular box with compass needle, the face engraved with mermaid and triton; set on three adjustable legs.

This is a sundial and compass from Germany. It is dated 1748 and we acquired it in 1960. Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde.

Its medium is

gilt and engraved brass, cut and blued steel, glass

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 2 x 6.4 x 6 cm (13/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Engraved signature, city and date: "J. E. L. Augspurge. 48", on back of compass.

This object was made by Jacob Emanuel Laminit

This object was donated by Estate of James Hazen Hyde

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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