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Universal equinoxial dial for Latitude 0, reverse Brass instrument, c.1675-1715, by Michael Butterfield (brass)

Universal equinoxial dial for Latitude 0, reverse Brass instrument, c.1675-1715, by Michael Butterfield (brass)


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Universal equinoxial dial for Latitude 0, reverse Brass instrument, c.1675-1715, by Michael Butterfield (brass)

MMM5475096 Universal equinoxial dial for Latitude 0, reverse Brass instrument, c.1675-1715, by Michael Butterfield (brass); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Universal equinoxial dial for Latitude 0, reverse Brass instrument, circa 1675-1715, by Michael Butterfield (1635-1724).); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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This stunning print captures the intricate details of a Universal equinoxial dial for Latitude 0, reverse Brass instrument, created by Michael Butterfield in the late 17th century. The craftsmanship and precision of this brass instrument are truly remarkable, showcasing Butterfield's skill as an artisan. The dial is designed to measure time based on the position of the sun in relation to the equator, making it an essential tool for navigators and astronomers during this period. The zodiac signs engraved on the instrument further emphasize its connection to astrology and celestial navigation. The text and inscriptions on the dial provide valuable information about how it was used and calibrated, adding to its historical significance. This piece serves as a reminder of humanity's enduring fascination with measuring time and understanding our place in the cosmos. Displayed at the National Maritime Museum in London, this Universal equinoxial dial is a testament to both scientific innovation and artistic expression. It stands as a symbol of human ingenuity and curiosity that continues to inspire us today.

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