Brass equinoctial sundial signed Langlois A Paris aux Galleries du Louvre made circa 1740

Brass equinoctial sundial signed Langlois A Paris aux Galleries du Louvre made circa 1740



9 cm x 9 cm




Langlois à Paris

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Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


Brass equinoctial sundial of octagonal shape. Five city latitudes on the base plate and the signature “Langlois A Paris aux Galleries du Louvre”.

The bottom of the compass is silver plated and engraved with a compass rose with sixteen directions and the four cardinal points. Original blued steel needle with brass pivot. The hour circle is graduated on the top in Roman numerals from 3 to 12 and from 1 to 8, and on the inside in Arabic numerals from 4 to 12 and from 1 to 8. The underside of the hour circle is engraved with six cities and their latitudes, with the rotating gnomon at its centre. The mobile arc of the latitudes is graduated from 0 to 70. 

The underside of the base plate is engraved with numerous cities with their latitude, some of which are very rare: “Isle of Iron” (El Hierro), “Portobello” (Panama), “New Orleans”, “Cape B. Esper” and “Archangel” (Russia).

Note : this sundial is a traveller’s sundial with notably the Iron Island, Archangel (Russian port on the White Sea) and Portobello (port city located in Panama which was the most important colonial port from where Spain sent most of its wealth to Europe in the 16th and 17th century). Dimensions: 9 cm x 9 cm. In its black chagrin case with red velvet interior. Paris dated around 1740 (according to the address).

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Galerie Delalande Paris

After 37 years in Le Louvre des Antiquaires, the Delalande gallery moved early June 2015 to 35 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, on the other side of the Seine River in the well known antic shops area "le Carré Rive Gauche".
Our main specialties are, since 1976, Marine and Scientific instruments, Tobacco and Opium objects, Curiosities and Great Canes.
We participate to international antique fairs (TEFAF Maastricht) and are unique partner of the French Maritime Museum.
Eric Delalande is also Administrator of the French Experts National Company (C.N.E.).
Please visit also our two websites, which are frequently updated: (French) and (English). ----------------------------

La Galerie Delalande s'est installée en juin 2015 au 35 rue de Lille (75007 Paris), au coeur de la capitale dans le "Carré Rive Gauche", après 37 années de présence au Louvre des Antiquaires.
Nous nous sommes orientés, depuis 1976, vers plusieurs spécialités : Marine et Sciences, Objets du tabac et de l'Opium, Cannes de collection et Curiosités.
Nous participons à des salons d'envergure internationale (TEFAF Maastricht) et sommes partenaires exclusifs du Musée National de la Marine.
Eric Delalande est également Administrateur de la Compagnie Nationale des Experts (C.N.E.).
N'hésitez pas à visiter nos deux sites internet fréquemment mis à jour : (Français) and (Anglais).

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