Silver and gilded brass sundial attributable to Salmon Chesnon, c. 1650/1660

Silver and gilded brass sundial attributable to Salmon Chesnon, c. 1650/1660




Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


An octogonal horizontal and fixe-latitude sundial made in silver, in gilded brass and silvered brass. The dial is unsigned but can be attributated to Salmon Chesnon from Blois and datable circa 1650-1660.


The Royal Musuem de Greenwich preserves two sundials by Chesnon of which the shape and decorations are similar to this one.

Salmon Chesnon succeeded his father in Blois in 1639. He was specialized inwatches and sundials until 1683, when he died.


The main silver plate is engraved with an unique hours scale divided in IIII to XII and  I to VIII. On its center a gilded brass gnomon with arabesques et a bird in its center. 


The compass in gilded brass has its bottom silvered. The little original needle is still working.

On the underside, the gilded brass spring is in shape of flower.

The sundial is preserved in its original case in leather and vevlet.

The dial measures 4,7×3,5 cm and the case  5×4,5 cm.

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