Butterfield dial

Butterfield dial for latitudes 40°-60° North. Standard four-scale dial (see related terms) except for the following details:-

The compass has cardinal, quadrantal and intermediate points indicated by French initials. The by-points are also shown. The compass base is marked 'Premier Cadran' (First dial) and carries a table of latitudes (consisting mainly of towns in France) continuing on the rest of the dial-plate back. It has an octagonal case made of black Moroccan leather with red velvet lining, a push-button clasp and two hook fasteners (all brass).

The dial is signed 'Butterfield AParis' and is very similar in style to AST0342. It differs only in material, the use of acanthus decoration and the inclusion of some more northerly cities, such as Hamburg.

For more information regarding this dial please refer to the OUP & NMM catalogue, 'Sundials at Greenwich'.

Object Details

ID: AST0226
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments
Type: Butterfield dial
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butterfield, Michael
Date made: 1675-1715
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall: 8 x 55.5 x 65 mm
Parts: Butterfield dial

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