The Fifth Day of Christmas: Gold Rings

‘FIVE GOLLLD RINNGS’- you know we ALL love singing that line! In tribute to the gold rings we would like to show off a gold ring of a different sort, this gorgeous traveller’s sun dial:

Fifth

Okay, so this isn’t made of gold, it is made of brass, but is very old, dating from the mid-18th century, made by T.W. Proctor. This portable sun dial, about bracelet size, would have been used before mechanical clocks and watches were common. This type of traveller’s ring sun dial would have been is hung by a thread from the small loop on the outside and a tiny hole in the ring would have allowed a beam of sun to shine through on to the numerals on the inner side of the ring, thus the time is read from the altitude of the sun. Nifty huh?!?

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The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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