CarbonElitist wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:22 pm
gitgeezer wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:20 pm
Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:53 pm
If you said IV you are wrong. Every watch or clock with Roman Numerals uses IIII for the number 4. Its tradition I guess.
This statement surprised me, so I searched on "roman numerals on clock images." Both IIII and IV were used, with somewhat more than half using IV.
I'm surprised as well. I've never even heard of 4 being represented as IIII.
I think I only really noticed IIII properly when I started working through facsimile Vihuela books... on clocks, I'd never
given it a second thought...
Looking at the TWO clocks on the mantlepiece before me... one has IIII (a proper, oldish, wind-up (clockwork), chiming-on-the-hour clock),
the other has it as IV - went to look at the kitchen clock (clockface of which I'd actually made and painted meself) and I'd made it a IV...
so according to my thus-far research it's two-thirds of roman numeral style clock-faces use IV
I'm now thinking of over-painting one of those V's on the kitchen clock and adding some I's....