A rare small “quart de pied de roy” drawing set by Butterfield, circa 1700

A rare small “quart de pied de roy” drawing set by Butterfield, circa 1700

1500 euros



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Categories: Scientific, Calculating, Drawing Instruments, Surveying Instruments & Mining


A rare small case for drawing/mathematical instruments measuring a quarter of a French foot and signed by Butterfield in Paris so datable around 1700.

The etui preserves :

-The small brass sector signed Butterfield à Paris ;

-The folding quart de pied de roy forming square and plimb and also signed Butterfield à Paris;

-The brass half-circle protractor signed “Butterfield à Paris” and a horn protractor of same size, unsigned ;

-its original unsigned brass ruler ;

-a small dividers which is not original;

-an original point for ink;

-and a second ink point which is apparently not original.

All the instruments which have to be signed are well preserved and original for this set of a very rare diminutive size.

The case measures 10×6.7×2.5cm ; the sector 8.9 cm closed.

PS: the last picture shows a sector of usual size which is not for sale.

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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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