A good-size Butterfield horizontal sundial in silver, circa 1700

A good-size Butterfield horizontal sundial in silver, circa 1700

2800 euros

Circa

1700

Country of manufacture

France

Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping

Description

A good-size (7,8×6,6 cm) of very fine and superbly engraved horizontal sundial signed with a large and rich signature “Butterfield à Paris”.

The plate of four hour scales for the latitude 43°, 46°, 49° and 52° degrees with central floral decorations.

The folding gnomon, with a bird-shaped index, is for the latitdes from 40° to 60°.

Underside, the names and latitudes of 31 European cities.

The spring of the gnomon is also superbly engraved of geometric decorations with acanthus flower and lily flower.

Underside, there is a sharp Parisian hallmark for the small silver objects.

We can date the dial circa 1700.

A superb and deep engraving, without trace of wear, for this high quality Butterfield sundial.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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