Sundials - Correct Time Wherever You Go

Observation of sun is the earliest form of determining time. For a long time, mechanical pocket watches were costly and prone to repair. As a result, folding sundials and table sundials remained the everyday timekeepers until about 1800. Also later sundials were indispensable to set the clocks.

A farmer measuring time with a straw. Jacob Koebel: Eyn künstliche sonn-Uhr. Mainz 1532 (Archive German Clock Museum)[Close][Open]
Folding sundial made of ivory. Paulus Reinmann, Nuremberg 1605 (Inv. 2003-074)[Close][Open]
Folding sundial made of ivory. Charles Bloud, Dieppe, second half of 17th century (Inv. 2010-054)[Close][Open]
Folding sundial made of wood. Unknown maker, 18th century (Inv. K-0188)[Close][Open]
Travel sundial. Johann Georg Vogler (attr.), Augsburg, c. 1750 (Inv. K-0185)[Close][Open]
Equatorial sundial made of wood. Johann Bösch, Klosters (Switzerland) 1778 (Inv. K-0187)[Close][Open]
Cube sundial. Beringer & Seyfried, Nuremberg, c. 1800 (Inv. 55-0828)[Close][Open]
Sun sextant. F. Eccard, Karlsruhe c. 1850 (Inv. 2009-065)[Close][Open]
Dipleidoskop. Dent, London c. 1850 (Inv. 2007-009)[Close][Open]
Sundial, so-called "Skiostat" after F. E. August. E. Boissier, Berlin c. 1865 (Inv. 55-0312)[Close][Open]