AUCTION : 0518


Clock, Watch, Jewelry, Nautical Instruments & Antiques Auction

Clocks & Clockmaker's Shop featuring rare French Industrial Series
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30am: LOTS 1 - 598
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am. Limited Watch Preview Extended Until 12pm.

Precision Timepieces, Important Watches, Nautical Instruments, Marine Clocks, Jewelry & Antiques
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10am: LOTS 599 - 1192
Preview: Saturday, May 19 at 8am to 10:15am & Sunday, May 20 at 8am to 9:45am 

The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel), Manchester, NH

Lot#: 693

DESCRIPTION: Josef Schablass, Vienna, Austria, equinoctial or equatorial sundial, folding gnomon mounted in hinged brass hour ring marked with both Roman and Arabic numerals, signed "J. Schablass in Wien" and "No. 48", brass latitude arc reading 0-90, glazed compass with 2.5 inch silvered dial, the cardinal points abbreviated in German, blued steel compass needle, circular brass base with three adjustable feet and needle-locking knob, all in fitted wood case with Schablass paper label under the lid.
CONDITION: An equinoctial or, more commonly, an equatorial sundial is one in which the dial plate is parallel to the equatorial plane and the gnomon is perpendicular to it. Joseph Schablass was an Austrian maker of scientific instruments located in Vienna in the early-to-mid 19th Century. The brass is slightly tarnished, but the engraved numbers and lines read very well. The silvered dial is in excellent condition. The compass is functional. The needle-locking knob is difficult to turn and not currently engaged to stop the needle. The lacquer under the circular base is starting to turn brown. There is a very nice green paper label under the lid of the box. The base of box has a large split spanning the width of the case. A warp in the lid of the box prevents it from closing completely. Dimensions provided are for the wood case.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
CIRCA: 1840
DIMENSIONS: 2.25in x 6.75in x 6.5in