Inclining Sundial attributed to Benjamin Martin--SOLD
Brass and wood cased traveling sundial, late 18th century. The hinged mahogany case opens to reveal a brass dial marked with the retailers name, J. Long, London. The paper compass card reveals the name Martin, Fleet st. We believe that this is the noted instrument maker Benjamin Martin who moved to Fleet street about 1755 . It was a common practice for retailers to put their names on instruments of other makers hoping to achieve some notoriety for selling quality instruments and thereby building a distinguished clientele. The case is 5 inches square and 1 inch in height.