Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Roman Doomsday Calendar Mystery

Yesterday I went to New York City and visited the Garage Flea Market.
SALUS FACTOR impressed on side
PAX POSSESSOR impressed on side
 I did not find any bookplates but I did purchase this curious metal object. It's length is 3 3/4 inches. The height 1 1/4 inches  and the depth is 1/4inches. Each of the three circles on the left each has a hole going through it.. It is not as old as I had hoped. With the aid of very high magnification I spotted an impressed  maker's mark: Ted Arnold Ltd.
The Ted Arnold company closed in 1964. They made all sorts of small reproduction items many of which
can be seen by searching Google images or Ebay.
 Unfortunately this object was not found. Does anyone out there know what it is ?
I do not have a clue.

 A reader who preferred to be anonymous has solved the mystery. The object is a replica of an eleventh century English sun dial.. Thank you anonymous

The original dial, of which this is a copy, was found in 1939 in the soil of the Cloister Garth at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. It was in the form of a tablet of silver, with a gold cap and chain. The gnomon consisted of a gold pin surmounted by a chased animal head with jewelled eyes and a ball in the mouth.


Anonymous said...

Surely it's some part of a perpetual calendar?

Anonymous said...

It is a 1970s replica of an early pocket sundial found in Canterbury in 1940. said...

it is a replica of a pocket sundial discovered in digs at canterbury cathedral. the one i have is a limited edition reproduction from the ransome gallery of london. the base is 64 grams of sterling siver, with cap and pins of gold, and embedded with 18 little rubies. there are two rubies aligned with each month of the year that indicate morning and afternoon prayer times (about 9am and 3pm). there are also little rubies on the pins for serpent eyes and two more in the cap. mine is numbered 46 out of, i think, 1000 produced. i bought it in...hmmm..1975, i think, through the british history society magazine.