Nocturnal dial

Nocturnal dials were used to tell the time at night by measuring the angle between the Pole Star and another star marked on the dial. An inscription on this dial shows it was made in Exeter by Moses Bartlett.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
nocturnal dial
Simple Name
Full Name
nocturnal dial
whole length 130 mm; whole W 215 mm; whole depth 2 mm
Period Classification
William and Mary (1688-1694); William III (1694-1702); Queen Anne (1702-1714)
Family Group

copper alloy
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent

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