Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed “P. Le Maire AParis A la pierre d'aiman " dated around 1720.

The octogonal brass base-plate is supported by a compass and a small brass turned leg.

The upper face is engraved, on two columns, with a list of 16 cities or countries with their latitudes. The compass, fixed with two screws, is engraved with the 8 directions and the four cardinal points (N – E – S – O). A fleur-de-lys in the centre.

The blued-iron needle is fixed on a brass pivot and a glass plate over all. The undersides of the base-plate and the compass are engraved with a list of 21 cities or countries with their latitudes. The spring of the latitude arc is engraved with a leaf decoration.

The brass hour-plate, octogonal, is hinged on the baseplate.

This hour-plate carries an hour-circle graduated clockwise IIII-XII-VIII and subdivided to 15 minutes. It is hollowed out at the south end to allow the reading of the compass and engraved with a foliage decoration and the signature « P. Le Maire AParis A la pierre d’aiman ».

It carries a hinged gnomon engraved with foliage decoration. The underside of this plate is blank

Literature:

- this sundial is described and illustrated in our book “Cadrans Solaires / Sundials” n° E18 pages 302/303.

- Pierre Le Maire was active in 1672/1745, he is renowned for the mounting of magnet stones, hence his brand name.

Dimensions: length of 7,3 cm x width of 6,5 cm x height of 1,2 cm.

Paris made circa 1720.

Reference : D ex VD 10

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Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire made circa 1720.