A Rare Nicolas Bion Silver Butterfield Navigational Pocket Dial, Paris, France, circa 1685-1715
    Marks: N Bion A Paris
    1-1/8 h x 2-1/4 w x 2-1/2 d inches (2.9 x 5.7 x 6.4 cm) (sundial raised)

    Property from the Estate of Charles Schalebaum

    The pocket dial having compass, latitudinal delineations, and pop-up gnomon with avian motif, scales for 55°, 50°, 45° and 40°, compass offset 17° West of North to allow for magnetic variation, cardinal and quadrantal point delineations, compass housed behind glass in well, reverse side of the dial-plate engraved with a table of latitudes of prominent cities including but not limited to Paris, Brest, London, Vienna, Madrid, Nantes, Venice, Warsaw, Naples, Lion, Milan, etc.

    Estimate: $800 - $1,200.

    Condition Report*:

    In apparently good condition with errant nicking and scratching; case probably original and with wear to interior fabric.

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