Product images of Diptych dial, leaves Ib and IIa
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Diptych dial, leaves Ib and IIa
Diptych dial for 42-54 North. Rectangular ivory dial consisting of two leaves that fold flat when not in use. Leaf Ia displays a standard windrose (see related terms) on which eight winds are named in Italian. On leaf Ib the dial at the top of the leaf is numbered for night and daylight hours; Italian hours in red, Babylonian hours in green. Below the dial is a village scene with a castle. Holes for the string gnomon are numbered 42, 45, 48, 51 and 54. Below is a table of latitudes for European towns. There is no vertical dial.
Leaf IIa is as standard except there are five concentric hour scales for the horizontal dial. A black string gnomon is attached between the inner surfaces of the two leaves and is adjustable for various latitudes. The compass has a replaced paper card with Latin cardinal points and the magnetic variation is marked at 11 West of North. The Southern part of the leaf carries a scaphe dial for Italian and Babylonian hours with a brass gnomon. Leaf IIb features a standard lunar volvelle except the brass disc is missing. Miller's makers mark - a fleur-de-lys - with Miller's initials, appears twice at the hinge end. The leaves have brass hook fasteners, two brass hooks for holding the dial open and there are four brass bun feet on leaf IIb.
- Image reference: F1333-1
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London