Antique English perpetual calendar - can't tell if this is made of English Oak or Mahogany. It's in perfect working order with original booklet. Difficult to date as the instructions indicate a start date of 1861, but the Principal Holidays section starts from 1920 - so it's either late 19th Century or early 20th. It measures 8"W x 9"H x 3"D.
This perpetual calendar was designed and copyrighted by a distant relative of mine (A. H. Dightam). It has been in the family for the past 100 years or so. Not sure how many of these were made, but I cannot see another example on the Web.
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Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
An antique "Simplex" Perpetual Royal Oak desk calendar
patented by A.H. Dingham, Huddersfield, England, circa 1900-1920
The rounded-top hinged lid enclosing directions and principal holidays, the side fitted with roller handles, on an outset plinth base. Together with instruction manual
9 inches high, 8 inches wide, 3 inches deep
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: inherited; designed by ancestor
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