A SILVER BUTTERFIELD DIAL
late 17th Century
Signed Butterfield AParis with four hour scales for 52°, 49°, 46°, 43°, the outer divided 8-12-4, foliage motif, folding bird pointer gnomon, 32-point compass rose, the reverse with latitudes for 31 cities, in original fishskin case with green felt lining.
3 ½in. (8.5cm.) long in case
A FINE SILVER BUTTERFIELD DIAL
The main plate for four chapter rings, signed by finely engraved folding bird gnomon Butterfield a Paris, blued steel needle and reverse engraved with latitudes for various European cities, contained within original plush-lined leather box of issue with silver hooks and securing catch — 3½in. (9cm.) wide
Solid Silver Pocket Sundial & Compass Made by Michael Butterfield
This solid silver horizontal pocket sundial was made in France by Michael Butterfield (1635 – 1724) and signed ‘Butterfield AParis’. This is a sophisticated sundial Instrument consisting of an octagonal plate on which the shadow is cast through an adjustable quadrant , carried on a folding hinged gnomon and supported by a form of a small bird. The dial chapter includes four sets of engraved scales alternating in Roman and Arabic numeral made for latitudes of 43, 46, 49 and 52. The dial incorporates a recessed compass with glass cover and a fine blued steel compass hand. Engraved on the reverse side are the names and latitudes of 26 European cities.