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Johann Willebrand Universal Equinoctial Dial


Offered for sale is this outstanding rare antique Johan Willebrand Gilt Brass Universal Equinoctial Dial, Augsburg, circa 1700, signed "Johann Willebrand (ca. 1658-1726), Date ca: 1721-1726, in Augsburg, the octagonal dial raised on 3 bun feet and mounted with hinged plumb bob in pierced surrounding, hour ring, latitude arc and gnomon 2" (5 cm) in a fitted leather covered case. We believe the circa to be between 1703-1726

Provenance. Sotheby's October, 1992; Bonhams April 2005; Christies Sept. 2008

Signed at the back: „Johann Willebrand in Augspurg 48“ as well as the names and latitudes of 40 European towns engraved to the bottom of the compass.

The hour scales graduated from 3 – 12 and 1 – 9, the latitude arc from 20 to 90 degrees, the compass with blued steel needle with abbreviations of the cardinal directions: S/E (Septentrio for North), M/E (Meridies for South), O/R (Oriens for East) and O/C (Occidens for West). The ring, the latitude arc and the plummet support are finely engraved and show a great amount of workmanship. All in a leather case with silk lining and a brass hook.

Johann Mathias Willebrand (around 1658-1726) was a Mechanicus and watchmaker in Augsburg, Germany, where he began to learn and work by his stepbrother Johann Martin from 1682 on. From 1703 on he opened shop on his own and built watches, sundials and astronomical instruments on the highest level. Literature: Maximilian Bobinger: Alt-Augsburger Kompassmacher, Hans Rösler Verlag, Augsburg 1966.

Please look at the picture and read the description, which form a part of the condition description. What you see and what you read is what you are buying

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This product would make a wonderful addition to any scientific instrument or sundial collection when displayed in a prominent place, being a grand collectible item that would adorn any serious collector's prized scientific instrument and sundial accumulations, while showing a discriminating dedication for fine sundials and other scientific instrument items as well as a devotion to acquiring fine collectibles.

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