In December 2016, our fourth floor will be transformed into a new destination for historical education and innovation. During the current renovation, objects from our permanent collection are on view throughout the Museum.
Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company
Black ink and wash, watercolor, red and black chalk, and red gouache, with contours incised by a stylus on laid on paper, mounted on card
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Brass astrolabe consisting of a graduated circle with a pivoting sighting bar at its center; suspension ring missing.
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
According to the accession records, this object belonged to General Philip Schuyler. Though identified in the accession records as a sundial, it appears instead to be an astrolabe, a device used to measure the altitude of a heavenly body. The astrolabe reached the Latin West from Moslem Spain around A.D. 1000 and was used in Europe as a navigation instrument well into the eighteenth century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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