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Butterfield dial and case

Butterfield dial and case
Butterfield dial and case
Butterfield dial and case
Title
Butterfield dial and case
Date 
1685-1715
Medium 
Silver, glass, wood, leather, velvet
Dimensions 
Case: 1/2 x 3 x 2 5/8 in. (1.3 x 7.6 x 6.7 cm) Overall: 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (0.6 x 6.7 x 5.7 cm)
Description 
Octagonal Butterfield dial with elaborate engraved markings on front and back; circular compass encased in silver, with face visible through glass window in surface of sundial; folding gnomon with shaped edge, intricately detailed engraving, and hinge in the form of a bird; octagonal red leather covered case with beige velvet lining.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Half Moon Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Exhibition, 1909
Object Number 
1910.32ab
Marks 
engraved: on obverse, near center (twice): "40 degre" engraved: on obverse, on two edges of octagon: "Pour 55" engraved: on reverse, bottom edge: "N. BION A PARIS" engraved: on reverse, in concentric circles: "Marseille 43 Varsovie 52 Amsterdam 52 Strasbourg 49 / Bruxelle 51 Bordeaux 45 Copenhague 56 / Venise 45 Toulouze 43" engraved: on reverse, left side: "Paris 49 / Lion 46 / Geneve 46 / Cologne 51 / la Rochelle 46 / Donkerque 51 / Londres 52 / Naples 41 / Rome 42" engraved: on reverse, right side: ". . . est 48 / Basle 48 / Gennes 44 / Bayonne 43 / Hambourg 54 / Grenoble 45 / Stokolm 59 / Vienne 49 / Dijon 47" engraved: on reverse, on two upper edges of octagon: "Milan 46" and "Turin 44" handwritten in ink: on inside edge of lid: "B v B."
Gallery Label 
The numbers engraved adjacent to city names on the reverse of this object indicate their latitude.
Bibliography 
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 139-140
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group