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Butterfield dial


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Collection Sundials, Astronomical and navigational instruments
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AST0257
Description Butterfield dial for latitudes 40°-55° North. Standard three-scale dial (see related terms) except for the following details:- The second scale is numbered 4-12, 1-8 and the third, [IV] V-XII, I-VII, [VIII]. The compass has an eight-point rose with the cardinal and quadrantal points named in French and intermediate points marked by lines. North is offset 15° West to allow for magnetic variation. The latitude scale on the gnomon is adjustable for latitudes 40°-55°. The compass base is engraved with acanthus at the centre, while the remainder of the base and the back of the dial-plate is filled with a table of latitudes in two columns consisting of towns and cities in Europe. This is a simple but beautifully engraved Butterfield dial and is signed 'Macquart AParis' on the reverse side. For more information regarding this dial please refer to the OUP & NMM catalogue, 'Sundials at Greenwich'.
Date made Early to mid 18th century

Artist/Maker Macquart
Place made Paris
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials silver; glass; brass
Measurements Overall: 7.5 x 61 x 67.5 mm
  • Butterfield dial (AST0257)
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