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Calendar Medal for 18541855 Published by T. S. Sperry

Calendar Medal for 1854/1855 Published by T. S. Sperry

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T.S. Sperry of New York published this calendar medal for the last six months of 1854 and the first six months of 1855. The calendar for July through December, 1854, is in a table on one side of the disc and the calendar for January through June, 1855, on the other side. The top part of each table contains a column listing the months, seven columns listing the days of the week (each column has different arrangements of the letters S, M, T,W, T, F, S), and a column listing the numbers of days in the month. Below this is a table of the numbers from 1 to 31, arranged in numerical order in consecutive rows (the last four squares in the last row of the table have stars). Hence one can read, for example, that in July of 1854, a month with 31 days, the first fell on a Saturday and the 31st on a Monday.
A mark at the top of the 1855 side reads: CALENDAR FOR (/) 1855 (/) ISSUED SEMI-ANNUALLY. A mark at the bottom of this side reads: T. S. SPERRY 25 JOHN ST. N.Y. PUBLISHER. A mark at the top of the 1854 side reads: ENT : ACCOR : TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN (/) THE YEAR 1851... B. PERSON (/) 1854. A lower mark around the rim reads: IN THE CL’K’S OFFICE OF THE DIST. COURT OF THE SOUTHERN DIST. OF NEW YORK.
The object came to the Smithsonian from the collection of Henry Russell Wray.
This calendar is very similar to those published by J. S. Hyde and described at MA.316922.
There was a New York clockmaker, inventor, and later manufacturer of hoopskirts named Timothy S. Sperry, active in the mid-nineteenth century. No evidence that he worked at 25 John St. has been found.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
calendar medal
calendar token
calendar coin
calendar disc
date made
1854
retailer
Sperry, T. S.
maker
Sperry, T. S.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall:.2 cm x 3.4 cm x 3.4 cm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in x 1 11/32 in
ID Number
MA.316920
accession number
228694
catalog number
316920
subject
Mathematics
Calendar
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