A very good Georgian Mahogany cased sun dial and compass. The paper compass card is signed William Simms London.

It measures 7.5cm x 7.5cm x 2.7cm. 


 William (1793–1860), maker of scientific instruments, was born on 7 December 1793 in Birmingham, the second of nine children of William Simms (1763–1828), toy maker, and his wife, Sarah, née Thompson. In 1794 the family moved to London where the father turned to the manufacture of marine compasses. ...

William went into his father 's business and joined forces when Edward Troughton in his old age took on William Simms as a partner in  the early1820s.The company continued to flourish in the making of prestigious scientific instruments.



A Georgian Compass and Sun Dial

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