Butterfield dial

Butterfield dial for latitudes 40-60° North. This dial comprises an octagonal dial-plate with four concentric hour scales and a compass set into the plate at the southern end. The hinged gnomon, adjustable for latitudes 40-60°, has a bird index to mark the latitude and folds flat when not in use. The compass has eight points marked by French initials and the needle is surmounted by a brass pivot. Magnetic variation is indicated by an arrow East of North. The reverse side of the dial-plate and the gnomon are decorated with an engraved shell pattern. Also on the reverse of the dial-plate and on the back of the compass is a table of latitudes for places in Europe, primarily French.
The dial has a wooden case and is signed 'Butterfield AParis' on the obverse side of the dial-plate. It is purported to have belonged to an officer of Nelson's flagship HMS 'Victory'.

Object Details

ID: TOA0086
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments
Type: Butterfield dial
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butterfield, Michael
Date made: 1675-1715
People: Butterfield, Michael
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Malcolm Stewart Collection
Measurements: Overall: 70 x 61 x 11 mm
Parts: Butterfield dial

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