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Silver Horizontal Dial by Butterfield

Auction:
2502
Lot:
500
Sold for:
$1,896$1,600

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Silver Horizontal Dial by Butterfield, Paris, circa 1700, the finely engraved eight-sided dial plate with four chapter rings designed for 43, 48, 52 and 54 degrees latitude, signed in a semi-circular boss Butterfield a Paris, glazed opening for compass with four quadrants, fanciful bird gnomon adjustable for latitudes 40-60 degrees, the underside engraved with twenty cities and respective latitudes and circular flourish decoration, lg. 2 5/8 in.
Estimate $2,000-4,000

Appears to be in near pristine condition.

Keywords

Paris, Clocks, Compass, Gnomon, Islamic culture, Measurement, Qibla compass, Salat, Sundials, Time, Timekeeping