Butterfield dial

Silver pocket sundial and compass with adjustable dial, in 8-sided shagreen case. The hinged gnomon is supported by birds. On the back is a list of cities and towns with their latitudes. On a paper inside the lid 'August 16th 1796 from Captain Sucklin to Horatio Nelson'. Nelson's uncle - Captain Maurice Suckling died in 1778. No other Captain Sucklings were in the British navy in 1796.

Object Details

ID: TOA0085
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments
Type: Butterfield dial
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butterfield, Michael
Date made: 1675-1715
People: Suckling, Captfl; Nelson, Horatio Butterfield, Michael
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Overall: 80 x 68 x 11 mm
Parts: Butterfield dial

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