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Title: Tobacco box perpetual calendar by Pieter Holm, 1750

Accession Number: 1957.648
Category: INSTRUMENTS
Type: tobacco box perpetual calendar
Maker: Holm, Pieter
Place: Netherlands
Date: 1750
Materials:
Description: Brass tobacco box with flat, hinged top and curved ends, c. 1750. Perpetual calendar, months of year, abbreviated, and number of days in each month etched on lid. At left, in circle, is crowned figure, with "Voor Christi" and number 45 under it. At right, crowned figure and date 1582 under it. Across back, two lines of Dutch and on bottom, a ship's speed table. 1497 under figure with calipers and sextant, or similar instrument. Rim of box has been broken off around left curved end. Around front and both ends a running border of swirls. Made by Pieter Holm (d. 1776), Amsterdam, a Swedish-born seaman, settled in Amsterdam c. 1750 and opened a navigation school. Figure over the date 1497 is believed to be Amerigo Vespucci. See also 1953.493.

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