Butterfield dial and case

Object Number: 
1910.32ab
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)
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 Stra
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.
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
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Half Moon Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Exhibition, 1909
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group