Butterfield dial and case
Silver, glass, wood, leather, velvet
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)
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
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.
The numbers engraved adjacent to city names on the reverse of this object indicate their latitude.
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
Gift of the Half Moon Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Exhibition, 1909
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