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Chronometer from Henry Walters' Steamyacht, the Narada
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Chronometer from Henry Walters' Steamyacht, the Narada


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Description A chronometer is a navigational tool consisting of an extremely accurate timepiece that can be used to keep Greenwich Mean Time. Longitude can then be calculated by computing the difference between the chronometer's mean time and the ship's local time, measured against the position of celestial bodies. This chronometer, used on Henry Walters' steamyacht, the Narada, was made by George P. Kullberg in London, who was famed for the precision of his manufacturers. Based on the serial number of the movement, it was made some time in 1898 or 1899 (after Henry acquired the yacht from Anthony Joseph Drexel Jr.), and finished with a dial, box and other fittings by John Bliss and Co. of New York City. The object then fit within an outer box (WAM 58.266B), that was secured to the bridge of the yacht.
Conservation

Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.

Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined, cleaned
12/31/1969TreatmentExamined, cleaned.
Exhibitions
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters. Inherited (?) by Mr. Warren Delano; given to Walters Art Museum, 1988.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Ivory plaque on exterior front face: JOHN BLISS & CO. / 2925 / NEW YORK; [Inscription] On dial of chronometer: JOHN BLISS & CO. / NEW YORK / No. 2925; [Serial number] On upper plate of movement and bottom of bowl (dust cover): 6757
Credit Gift of Mr. Warren Delano, 1988

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Period
1898-1899
Medium
wood, brass, glass, steel, ivory, silver, gold, palladium, sapphire
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
58.266A
Measurements
H: 7 11/16 × W: 7 1/2 × D: 7 5/16 in. (19.6 × 19 × 18.6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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