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Antique Michael Butterfield Pocket Sundial circa 1700s


Offered for sale is an antique brass sundial made and signed by Butterfield , circa 1700, measuring in hexagon shape 3" x 2 1/2" with the principal European cities 16 cities) engraved with latitudes on the reverse with level stand in a fitted lined case, octagonal shape.

An original 40°- 60° North dial signed "Butterfield A Paris", made by Michael Butterfield, one of the world's leading makers of scientific instruments in the 17th and early 18th centuries, active in Paris from 1675 until 1724. The octagonal dial plate's four hour scales, declination lines and numerals are engraved. The adjustable bird gnomon is finely engraved with acanthus leaves and markers for 40 to 60 degree latitudes, the bird's beak acting as a pointer. The center the panel above the compass is decorated with crossed quiver of arrows and torch. The reverse is engraved with a table of latitudes with the names of sixteen cities, predominantly French, but also Rome, Madrit (sic), Milan and Turin. The compass bowl is engraved "Liege, Calais, Lisle, Bruxelles, Hambourg, Londres". The compass bears the hallmark Fleur de Lys. Superb craftsmanship and elegant details belie its originality. While in perfect condition, the dial has not been cleaned or polished and maintains its original patina.

Michael Butterfield immigrated to Paris from England in the 17th century and became renowned for his instruments of exceptional quality. Original instruments signed by Butterfield are housed in the best Museum collections in the world.

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Date:Early 1700s

Condition: Excellent. The gnomon is original and in perfect condition. The dial's blown glass cover is original, untouched. The needle moves freely. With case

Butterfield sundial: A form of adjustable sundial invented by Michael Butterfield, an English instrument maker who is known to have worked in Paris between 1678 and 1680. The Butterfield sundial is a small, portable horizontal sundial with a baseplate, usually octagonal but sometimes oval, of brass or silver, with engraved hour lines and a small inset compass. Four or more concentric sets of hour lines are employed, each for a definite latitude, and the folding gnomon has a pivoted style edge, which slides over the main gnomon, so that the angle of inclination of the edge can be varied. The fixed portion of the gnomon carries a scale of latitudes; the pivoted portion is engraved with a bird, the tip of whose bill indicates the inclination on the latitude scale.

Pocket sundial invented by Michael Butterfield (1670-1724), an English instrument maker known to have worked in Paris between 1678 and 1680, with an octagonal base and adjustable bird gnomon. "Both pocket and fixed sundials were widely used from the 15th until the mid- 19th centuries, after which accurate pocket watches and the introduction of standard time made them obsolete.

A pocket sundial by Michael Butterfield (Paris, 17th century): Typically it consists of an octagonal silver horizontal dial with a gnomon of adjustable angle, often with a bird's head pointer, with several rings of hour lines for cities of different latitudes. A magnetic compass is fitted in the same case.

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

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