Brass sundial signed Pierre Le Maire à Paris made circa 1740 in its original case

Brass sundial signed Pierre Le Maire à Paris made circa 1740 in its original case



8.9 cm x 5.7 cm x 2.7 cm (closed); 8.9 cm x 5.7 cm x 10.5 cm (open stem)




Pierre Le Maire

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Categories: Timekeeping, Scientific, Portable Sundials


Horizontal brass wire-axis sundial with bracket. The plate rests on four screws and supports, mounted on a hinge, a bracket and its weight to adjust the horizontality.

This bracket, decorated with foliage on the back, has a slide on which a slider slides to adjust, at the required latitude, the wire-axis connected to the base plate.

The top of this plate is engraved with 3 time scales, numbered VI-XII-VI, 6-12-6 and VI-XII-VI for the latitudes of 43°, 47° and 49°, as well as the signature “Pre Le Maire AParis”.

In the center, a compass engraved with the 4 cardinal points written in French (North – East – South – West) and intermediate points (N.E, N.O, S.E, S.O), has a blued steel needle in the shape of an arrow mounted on a pivot of brass and a brass index makes it possible to adjust the magnetic declination of the place of observation.

A flat glass covers everything. The bottom of the plate is engraved with a list of 20 cities with their latitude and the spring of the perpendicular is engraved with foliage.

Signature : “Le Maire fils AParis“.

Note: Pierre Le Maire, son of Nicolas Le Maire, was famous for mounting magnet stones, hence his brand name “A la pierre d’aimant” Quai de l’Horloge from 1700 until his death around 1745.

He made all kinds of mathematical objects there, and many sundials.

Dimensions: 8.9 cm x 5.7 cm x 2.7 cm (closed); 8.9 cm x 5.7 cm x 10.5 cm (open stem)

Paris circa 1740.

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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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