A small French P. Le Maire silver Sundial in original case Circa 1720. Unusual size for a sundial, measurements are 5,2 x 4,5 x 0,6 cm. This octagonal dial insert with a compass, adjustable gnomon with bird-form indicator, rear engraved with European cities, latitudes and longitudes. An early 18th-Century silver Le maire compass sundial, signed on the horizontal plate P. Le Maire aParis. The inset compass with compass points, blued-iron needle with silver dial and glazed cover, the folding gnomon with bird-shaped pointer, and graduated 40° – 60°, the underside engraved with the latitudes for cities and towns, supported on a turned silver foot. The leather case with green velvet is in good condition. Dimension case 6 x 5,2 x 2 cm
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.