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Cole Astronomical Compendium Dial, 1569
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Humphrey Cole (about 1520-91) was one of the finest makers of scientific instruments in England in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. This compendium is made up of a number of different scientific instruments and has many uses, including a compass, a perpetual calendar and a geometric square. Tavern clock. The instruments make it possible to calculate anything from high and low tides and the phases of the moon to the height of buildings. This dial is reputed to have belonged to Sir Francis Drake.
May 30th, 2013
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