Early 18th century Brass ‘Zeemeter’ – Pieter Holm, Amsterdam, 1729

Early 18th century Brass ‘Zeemeter’ – Pieter Holm, Amsterdam, 1729

Stock Number: NM.6-25


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Categories: Maritime, Navigational instruments, Other Maritime Antiques


Dutch seaman’s tobacco box of Pieter Holm, also known as the Dutchman’s Log, with a perpetual calendar on the top of the lid and a ship’s speed table on the bottom. In a publication of 1748 Holm claims to have devised this table in 1729. The top of the lid is further adorned with simple vignettes portraying Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII, who respectively in 45 BC and AD 1582 introduced the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar. The bottom carries a simple vignette of a person with a globe and a pair of dividers with the year 1497 who is tentatively identified as Amerigo Vespucci. On the bottom a short tekst in old Dutch, den eeuwig durenden almanack (the perpetual almanac). And on the frontside, Regt door Zee (Sail a Straight Course).
It’s an original box of 1729, see the lid bottom right.

Catalogue: NM.6-25
Date: 1729
HWL case: 3×15.5×4.7 cm
Signed: not signed
Origin: Netherlands
Condition: perfect condition with small signs of use

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NL ARCHIPEL International Maritime Gallery

Welcome to the catalogue of Archipel International Maritime Gallery, specialist in nautical antiques and collectables.
Archipel International Maritime Galery in the Netherlands, sets itself to maritime objects, globes and sea charts of before 1900. The managing director worked as officer with the mercantile marine and the Royal Navy. As curator he was connected to one of the University Museums in the Netherlands. As seaman and curator he has a lot of knowledge of naval history. The entire Archipel collection can be found at the site Archipel-img.com.

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