Horizontal Compass Dial (Bronze)

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    • Gilded brass, enamel, glass

      Early 19th century, China

      In place of the marked circle used on many European dials, this dial has hours marked on arc. The shadow-casting pin, held by a spring, can be folded down. A spirit level on top and leveling screws at the four outer points help ensure horizontal placement.

      AMNH Hayden Planetarium Collection 2083

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