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Scrimshaw Sundial

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Description In 1702, Thomas Tuttell listed himself as a "mathematical instrument maker at Kings Arms, Charing Cross, London. This sundial is engraved with a black color added showing on the obverse a battle scene with the motto of the Order of the Garter: "Honi soit qui mal y pense." On the reverse there is a crest flanked by the rose of England and the thistle of Scotland and the engraved motto of the British Monarchy: "Dieu et mon Droit." Neither the ivory or brass elements show any sign of wear raising the possibility that this piece is a clever 19th-century conceit with royal pretensions.
Provenance J. Herman Son Ltd. Galleries, New Orleans, Louisiana; Jean and Sidney Silber, Lutherville, Maryland, March 24, 1989, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Credit Gift of Jean and Sidney Silber, 2008

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early 19th century
ivory, brass
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (14 x 8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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