Folding rule

Made:
1680-1699 in Paris
maker:
Michael Butterfield
Engraved folding brass foot measure showing 12 inches of the French Pied de Roy, and inscribed Butterfield, Paris, late

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Engraved folding brass foot measure showing 12 inches of the French Pied de Roy, and inscribed Butterfield, Paris, late
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Brass folding rule, made by Michael Butterfield, Paris, 1680-1699. Signed 'Butterfield A Paris'.

This rule is typical of French instrument sets of the period and is marked in French inches 1-12 on one side, the first and last inches divided in 12 “lignes” numbered 3-6-9-12 with the inscription “Pied de Roy” and an interlaced decor. The other side is engraved with the signature “Butterfield AParis” and two interlaced decors. Thanks to the presence of a mobile arm, this rule can also be used as a level (with a plumb-line we can fixed thanks to the hole near the hinge).

Details

Category:
Weighing & Measuring
Object Number:
1940-66
type:
folding rule
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • ruler - measuring device
credit:
Sotheby and Compan