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The second-oldest known British scientific instrument in existence is going to auction next month after spending decades in a farm shed in Queensland. The “equal hour horary quadrant” – a timepiece for calculating time of day from the sun – is dated 1396, carries the badge of Richard II, and seems to have ended up in Australia …

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Now if only H6 could be found

That would be amazing...

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Nice keepsake! ... but keep it, idiot.

I own an 1851 Colt Revolver that my great-great-Grandfather acquired new. We shoot her twice a year, on gg-Gs birthday, and the day of his death, just to educate the kiddies. Old kit exists for a reason ... and that reason is better kept in the family, not in a museum. It's called "sharing family history", which is sadly lacking these days ...

As a side-note, I kinda suspect Stonehenge and Avebury Circle are older than the scientific instrument in question. I could be wrong. It's been known to happen.

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On the other hand

£200k could create a lot of family history.

This device is so rare it should be in a museum where it can be seen by others. Unlike a 1851 Colt revolver which whilst not commonplace, has more examples in existence.

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Stonehenge isn't a clock

It's a calendar.

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@Tom 38

Who said "clock"? We were discussing scientific instruments in general, weren't we?

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@James Hughes 1

£200k doesn't even buy a HOUSE in this neck of the woods ...

And for the record, my old revolver is stored in a museum, on display, with other bits of gg-G's kit, for most of the year.

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OK, I'll go first...

14th century?

This timepiece passes as modern kit in Queensland.

(Maybe it's why they don't have daylight savings)

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Daylight Saving Time in the Tropics

No point mate!

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Although I agree with your assesment on Queenslander technology; Is daylight savings time really proof of any particular level of development ...

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Apple Patent ?

One must be very sure that Apple have not already obtained a Patent for this item.

May turn up as an APP iQuad timepiece ?

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