8 July 1999
A LATE 16TH-CENTURY BOXWOOD DYPTICH DIAL
Extremely finely engraved on the cover with the coat-of-arms of William the Silent, Prince of Orange and Stadtholder of the United Provinces (1533-1584) and inscribed 'WILLEHELMVS. VAN. GODES. GHENADEN. PRINCE. VAN. ORAENGIEN. GRAVE. TOT. NASOV. TOT. VI', additionally incised with the [?] maker's initials 'BVD' and indistinctly dated 1572
The inner face of the cover incised with a pictorial representation, the horizontal face with inset compass, blued-iron needle and brass cap, the glass with silvered copper retaining ring, the dial face engraved with vases, cornucopia, swags and foliage, the hour dial with string gnomon, the underside incised with a reserve inscribed 'TIS. TAL. NIET SORIDER. GOT. SICHVO ORDICH TROW. IS. WYNCH', with two silver metal hooks and eyes
2 in. (6.3 cm.) long
Rothschild inv. no. AR2535.
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