DRING & FAGE
Antique Equinoctial Ring
London Ca 1790

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EQUINOCTIAL RING MARKED
 

DRING & FAGE LONDON
 

Ca 1825

 

DIMENSIONS:

 

 

Diameter outer Circle
4 3/8“ Width outer Circle 5/16″
Diameter
inner
Circle 3 1/2“ Width outer
Circle 5/16″
Center Index Arm Scale 1 1/2″ x 3/8″
Weight
8 1/4 oz

 

We
have received inquiries concerning the authenticity of this item and accordingly have given great weight to them. In
fact, we had decided to class it as an early recreation since we cannot say with certainty that it’s authentic. Having made
that decision, we still continued our research and discovered that the most authoritative book on navigation instruments,
Sextants at Greenwich lists Dring &
Fage as the maker of an equinoctial sundial, Ca 1800 – 1850 on page 303. It is in the Maritime Museum Collection as inventory
number AST 0165. Even though it is not pictured in the book, this still turns out to be a game changer.
That one and this one are the only examples of this type
that are known to exist. Usually, when an item is reproduced it is made in sufficient numbers to make the effort worthwhile
which is not this case. Or if the purpose was to deceive and make lots of money off of a single piece, they would be better
served to have chosen a name such as Charles Adams as the maker, and made a Universal style equinoctial rather than a fixed
latitude one which most people don’t even know exists.
The likelihood then becomes
stronger that this may be the “Real Deal”.

Detailed photographs and other information are provided for a viewer
to make an informed decision of his own. Authentic items sell for $2000 and up, so we set the price on this one at $1200.00
to take all this into account. This may turn out to be a great buy for an astute collector willing to take a risk or it may
not.

 

OUR PHOTOGRAPHS:
The pictures have been enhanced for sharpness, and in doing so it has exaggerated the coloration of the patina. In our professional
opinion it is natural, and the the workmanship is of higher quality than is found in knock-offs, but again we can’t be sure
since there are always people out to fool the unsuspecting. It is also backed by our Guarantee of Satisfaction (see below)
which says in essence that all our products are returnable without a hassle. For comparison, the photo below is unaltered.
It was taken with Flash.
Unedited photo of Dring & Fage equinoctial

KEY POINTS: There is no scale on the back of the center sighting index arm which swivels 360°.
The obverse scale has five main marks and four intermediate marks extending across it, but they are what we believe to be
astronomical symbols of the Zodiac, not numbers. The reverse of the index arm has no engraving. Other devices like this may
have the months on the reverse. This device is intended to tell solar time at a specific latitude rather than the Universal
type which is adjustable by a movable hanger. As is common with many
of these devices. the backside of the outer ring has

a quadrant’s markings engraved for measuring the sun’s altitude and is ideal for taking Local Apparent Noon sights of the
sun
.
Even a knowledgeable expert didn’t know about the use of this feature
and called them “crazy radials”.
See the George Adams version below.

DRING & FAGE, LONDON
were a recognized English instrument maker that operated in London from various locations such as London Bridge and the Strand.
They were active from 1790 to 1938. They are listed in Webster’s database of scientific instrument makers, but are not generally
known to have made equinoctials. That said, the ones in their database are only those that have been inspected in the field
and a record made of their existence or are in their possession. Hence, the omission of a listing of a type of instrument
by a specific maker in a database cannot be considered conclusive.The
proof of this can be found on the Internet:

Sextants at Greenwich: a catalogue of the mariner’s quadrants, … – Google
Books Result
books.google.com/books?isbn=0199532540…Willem Frederik Jacob Mörzer Bruyns, Richard Dunn, Willem Frederik Jacob Mörzer Bruyns – 2009 – History – 323 pages … mariner’s
astrolabes, cross-staffs, backstaffs, octants, sextants, quintants, … Equinoctial sundial 1800-50
Dring and Fage AST0178
Universal equinoctial ring …

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ELEMENTS OF DESIGN: We will leave the analysis
to others. What we know is, it appears to be a finely made instrument of quality British workmanship which we believe to have
been made by Dring & Fage, London, as marked on the reverse. The flat brass
index arm measures 2 3/4 inches long overall, and the inner circle measures 3 1/2” in diameter. The outer ring is 4
3/8 inches in diameter. The workmanship should date from the 19th Century. With the device held from the top hanger, the sliding
index scale is fixed at a 20° angle from the horizontal which is the latitude to which it is set. Some of the places that
would be included for this latitude are much
of the historic Northern Leeward islands in the upper Caribbean, Upper Australia, and a band through Africa and India.

 

 

SALE OF AUTHENTIC UNIVERSAL EQUINOCTIAL:
Pictured below is a Universal equinoctial made by George Adams, the younger, Ca 1795 that was sold by Skinner Auctions for
$3900.00. The ring used for hanging shown in this picture is missing from the one in this listing which is not unusual considering
its age, but both seem to be similar in overall design and appearance except the Adams device has a sliding car serving as
the hanger that runs on a track around the ring. This enables it to be set at any latitude making it the Universal type of
which there are many more than the fixed latitude type. The Adams equinoctial has a scale of 0 to 90 degrees on the
reverse which is the same as the one we are selling.

 

Comparable by George Adams. See above

 

 

 

Index arm showing sliding peep sight and scale.
Infinity mark at top right

 

THE MAKER’S MARK: For those interested in the maker’s mark,
the same authoritative book, SEXTANTS at Greenwhich by W.F.J Morzer Bruns, Oxford University Press, has numerous pictures
of makers’ imprints on navigation instruments of the same period of this device. It is a definitive Catalogue of most of the
important instruments at the National Maritime Museum in England. Many are in script, but many are also in block letters which
are irregular in their placement. This has been confirmed by a reader who has a Dring & Fage instrument of a different
sort.

 

The irregularity was quite common in imprints.
See explanation above.

 

 

Inner circle has 12 hours on each hemisphere
Outer circle has four quadrants of 90° each
Lying flat with both circles together
Octant scale 0 to 90° opposite name on reverse

 

 

Detail of the engraving on the large rings. This
is an enhanced image
INSTRUMENT CONDITION: The instrument is in
excellent condition with the brass having a nice uneven patina of age. The patina is exaggerated in the photographs due to
enhancement in photo editing, but in our professional opinion, it is natural. We have included some unaltered photos.

There is some age spotting on the rings. Everything appears in working order. However, we have not tested
it for accuracy. There is no case, nor is there a gnome other than the rotating index arm. A small brass ring is missing from
which it would be hung.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: I have been a user of navigation
instruments as a professional mariner, an aviator, and a dealer in marine navigation instruments since the early 1970’s and
have bought and sold antique instruments during this period as a dealer since the 1960’s. I am a published author on the topic
and served on the USNA Navigation Symposium, 1975 -1978. If you have a copy of Bowditch, 1977 Edition, you will see that I
edited the chapter on sextants,
For those who wish to read my summary background in this area,
see the top section of this page
.
http://landandseacollection.com/id320.html

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EQUINOCTIAL RING MARKED
 

DRING & FAGE LONDON
 

Ca 1790

 

DIMENSIONS:

 

 

 

Diameter
outer Circle 4 3/8“ Width outer Circle 5/16″
Diameter
inner
Circle 3 1/2“ Width outer
Circle 5/16″
Center Index Arm Scale 1 1/2″ x 3/8″
Weight
8 1/4 oz

 

A very high quality, named equinoctial that was purchased at an upscale antique show.
Anyone having additional information, please advise.

PRICE $715.00 which includes shipping to 48 contiguous
States

 

There is no scale on the
back of the center sighting index arm which swivels 360°. The obverse scale has five main marks and four intermediate marks
extending across it, but they are what we believe to be astronomical symbols of the Zodiac, not numbers. The reverse of the
index arm has no engraving. Other devices like this may have the months on the reverse. The device is intended to tell solar
time at various latitudes. As is common with these devices. the backside
of the outer ring
has a quadrant’s markings engraved for measuring
the sun’s altitude
.

DRING
& FAGE, LONDON
were a recognized English instrument maker that operated in London from various locations such
as London Bridge and the Strand. They were active from 1790 to 1938. They are listed in Webster’s database of scientific instrument
makers, but are not known to have made equinoctals..

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ELEMENTS OF DESIGN:
We will leave the analysis to others. What we know is, it is a finely made instrument of quality British workmanship made
by Dring & Fage, London, as marked on the reverse.

The flat brass index arm measures 2 3/4 inches long overall, and the inner circle measures 3 1/2” in diameter. The outer
ring is 4 3/8 inches in diameter. The workmanship could date from the 18th Century. With the device held from the top hanger,
the sliding index scale is at a 20° angle from the horizontal.

 

We
have received some inquiries concerning the authenticity of this item and accordingly have provided sufficient additional
photographs and other information for a viewer to make an informed decision. In addition, since these items sell for $2000
and up, the price has been set at a low figure to take into account that possibility. The pictures have been enhanced for
sharpness, and in doing so it has exagerated the coloration of the patina. In our professional opinion it is natural, and
the quality of the workmanship is of the period. Also read our Guarantee of Satisfaction below.

 

Index arm showing sliding peep sight
and scale. Infinity mark at top right
 

For those interested in the maker’s mark, the authortive book, SEXTANTS at Greenwhich
by W.F.J Morzer Bruns, Oxford University Press, has numerous pictures of makers’ imprints on navigation instruments of the
same period of this device. It is a definitive catalogue of most if the important instruments at the National Maritime Museum
in England. Many are in script, but many are also in block letters which are irregular in their placement.

 

The irregularity was quite
common in imprints.
See explantion above.

 

 

 

Inner circle has 12 hours on each
hemisphere
Outer circle has four quadrants
of 90° each
Lying flat with both circles together
Octant scale 0 to 90° opposite name
on reverse

 

 

Deatail of the engraving on the
large rings
INSTRUMENT CONDITION: The
instrument is in excellent condition with the brass having a nice uneven patina of age. There is some age spotting on the
rings. Everything appears in working order. However, we have not tested it for accuracy. There is no case, nor is there a
gnome other than the rotating index arm. A small brass ring is missing from which it would be hung.
SALE OF COMPARABLE EQUINOCTAIL:
Pictured below is a picture of an universal equinoctial made by George Adams, the younger, Ca17950 that was sold by Skinner
Auctions for $3900.00. The ring used for hanging shown in this picture is missing from the one in this listing which is not
unusual considering its age, but both seem to be remarkably similar in overall design and appearance.

 

Comparable by George Adams. See
above

 

 

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International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers worldwide.

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