Help me find and obtain a possibly Elizabethan timepiece.
February 25, 2005 1:50 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for the name, and, if possible, a place to purchase / obtain a replica of a timepiece that I believe is Elizabethan.
posted by Bugbread to technology (5 answers total)
In a recent visit to the UK, in some museum related to Shakespeare, one of the exhibits included a typical commoners' timepiece. It looked a lot like the following:
It was composed of an inner and outer ring. The inner ring could be rotated within the outer ring so that a little notch matched up with the current month, effectively repositioning the hole (upper left in picture). The ring was then held (I believe) with the hole pointing straight up, and the light passing through the hole shone on the far side of the ring, which had times marked of. Basically, it was a portable sundial, but small, shaped like a ring, not a flat plate, and capable of adjusting for the differences between winter and summer months.
Does anyone know what this timepiece is called?
And, far less likely, does anyone know of somewhere I could get one?