SUNDIAL Butterfield AParis Ca. 1700 France
POCKET SUNDIAL WITH TRAVELLING CASE
Signed: Butterfield AParis
French, profusely engraved horizontal sundial, consisting of a compass (to position the instrument) and a collapsible triangular gnomon or shadow caster. The gnomon has an adjustable pointer in the shape of a bird with which the instrument can be set for the latitude of the place where the time is to be established. There are various chapter segments engraved in the top of the base plate, with the signature of the maker in the centre Butterfield AParis.
There are four different hour indications on the octagonal brass plate with black Roman and Arabic numerals around the compass to be used for the various latitudes, viz. 40, 45, 50 and 55. The compass also has a special scale to determine the magnetic declination. The pocket sundial can be taken on a journey in an octagonal travelling case, on the inside lined with green velvet and on the outside with black shark leather.
Dimensions 5.5 x 6 cm.
Dimensions travelling travelling case 1.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm.
-Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1970, p. 103.
-Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2010, p. 126.
A similar object is depicted in:
Tijd voor klokken, verhalen rond een verzameling, Walburg pers, p. 74 and 75.
Butterfield was a well-known instrument maker, working in Paris around 1700. He worked as an engineer for the king and made mathematical instruments and sundials. He died in 1724.