A rare Italian scaphe sundial dated 1720 for latitude of Turin

A rare Italian scaphe sundial dated 1720 for latitude of Turin

3000 euros


7 cm diameter



Country of manufacture


Categories: Calendars, Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


A rare and well preserved cardboard, leather and handcolored paper Italian scaphe sundial dated 1720 combined with a revolving calendar dated 1720. The instrument is for the latitude of 45th degrees, ie the latitude of Turin in the North of Italia.

The dial itself is well preserved with all its lines and numbers readable and handcolored in yellow and black. The original compass with its little needle still present and magnetized is also in fine condition. Above the compass are well preserved and intact the moto “Nec multitud[in]e nec pondere”, the degree “P. Gr. 45” and the date “1720”. Under the compass the firstname of the maker is also well preserved “F. Ioan[n]e” but his lastname is lost and impossible to read.

In the lid a revolving calendar on both sides. The exterior side is partially erased.

The instrument is covered with black leather.

A very rare preserved cardboard scaphe from the early 18th century.

7 cm diameter overall and 4,4 cm thick.

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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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