small gilt brass box with inscriptions on all faces:
• face (1a) the opposite surface with rotating volvelle and apertures determining lunar cycle, bordered by scrollwork which is repeated on the band sides of the case
• face (1b) contains at one end maker's signature and date *M*P* 1594, the cardinal directions named along the inner four borders (Septenrio, Orient, Meridies, Occident), centered by a volvelle for converting astronomical hours (counted from mid-day) to Italian hours (counted from sunset), as indicated by the inscription Habetvr hora italica si 24 ponas svper horam occasvs (Italian hours can be had if 24 is placed above time of sunset)
• face (11a) diagram for a horizontal dial with half-hour divided hour lines surrounding an inset compass
• plummet-holder shaped and engraved as two monstrous fish at hinge-end of inner plates, also serving as support for upper end of the string-gnomon now lacking, inclines to adjust for latitudes over a scale of 40-54 degrees
• face (11b) engraved with tabula latitudinis regionim (table of the latitudes of places) listing European cities, including Antuerpia (Antwerp), Colonia (Cologne), Cracova (Krakow), Florentia (Florence), Genua (Genoa), Londinum (London), Monachum (Munich), Massilia (Marseilles), Parisia (Paris), Praga (Prague), Roma (Rome), Toletum (Toledo), Vienna, and Venetia (Venice)
• the case secured by an overhanging piece and corresponding turning key at the opening edge of both hinged components; when the key is in a horizontal position the case can be opened; when it is in a vertical position the case is secured
For a similar example, see Sotheby's Olympia, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Part Three, Scientific Instruments, October 30th, 2002, lot 10.
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