Watercolour Volvelle "The Geographical Clock"


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Watercolour Volvelle "The Geographical Clock"

An exceptional watercolour on card volvelle, George the 2nd in age circa 1730

The revolving center circle is moved from the reverse via a turned bone knob, the front center is mother of pearl

The hand written script at the bottom gives the user instruction and reads "bring Great Britain to the hour on the outer circle charted by your watch, then against the several countries inserted in the movable circle, you have the time of day or night at those places at ones view"

In other words you move the country/section of land/sea to the desired time of day and this will subsequently give you the local time of the remaining countries etc

among the pieces of the earth listed one sections reads "unkown land" where south east Australia should read due to the time difference, so this piece would pre date Cook's discovery in 1770



18th Century & Earlier

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