Overall: 1 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. ( 3.2 x 4.1 cm )
Silver Weight: 1 oz (troy) 17 dwt (58 g)
engraved: around the edge: "S. PET: STUYVESANT: N: BELGII ET CURACO. INS. GUBERNATOR" in roman letters
Cast and engraved silver seal matrix of Peter Stuyvesant; circular matrix engraved with the arms of the Stuyvesant family, a running stag below a hound chasing a hare in a shield, shield surmounted by the family crest, a demi-stag jumping out of a prince's crown, and foliate scrolls; feathered border around the edge with an inscription along the border; engraved in Latin, "S. PET: STUYVESANT: N: BELGII ET CURACO. INS. GUBERNATOR" [Seal of Peter Stuyvesant, Director General of New Netherland and Curacao] in roman letters; cylindrical hinge applied vertically down the reverse; double s-scroll topped by a loop, applied to the hinge.
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. 177-178
Gift of Robert Van Rensselaer Stuyvesant
Peter Stuyvesant (1611/12-1672), who married Judith Bayard (1608-1685); to their son Nicolaes Willem Stuyvesant (1648-1698), who married (2nd) Elizabeth Van Slichtenhorst (1652-1738); to their son Gerardus Stuyvesant (1691-1777), who married Judith Bayard (1685-1751); to their son Petrus Stuyvesant (1727-1805), who married Margaret Livingston (1738-1818); to their son Nicholas William Stuyvesant (1769-1833), who married Catherine Livingston Reade (1777-1867); to their son Peter Stuyvesant (1796-1860), who married Julia Rebecca Martin (b. 1805); to their son Robert Van Rensselaer Stuyvesant (1838-1918), the donor.
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