In the 1500s, priceless knowledge was validated through splendid casework. Supporting technological endeavor was a way for noble sponsors to earn intellectual kudos, even to magically gain scientific knowledge as if by osmosis. Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, for example, famously filled his curiosity cabinet with clocks. This example shows the stars’ positions, days of the week with planetary rulers, the time in Roman and Arabic numerals, daylight and nighttime hours, and the date; it even includes a disk for setting an alarm. Its Viennese maker, Behaim, may have collaborated with Metzger, of Augsburg, whose clocks were so sought after that he stretched guild rules to meet the demand.
[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
Signature: Engraved on left side of case: MEFECIT · CHAS / PARVS · BOHEMVS / INVIÆNNA · AVS / TRIA ANNO / 1568
Marking: Each struck twice on movement:  crescent moon and the initial B inside a trefoil motif.  crescent moon and star over star and crescent moon, inside shield-shaped motif.
On movement: (punched, in cameo) CB and moon and stars within a shield (maker's mark)
Charles Stein (before 1878–1886; Stein Collection sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 10–14, 1886, no. 215); Frédéric Spitzer (before 1893–ca. 1906) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (by 1906–17; to MMA)
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551
Artist: Clockmaker: Franz Xavier Gegenreiner (German, active 1760–70)Date: case ca. 1710, movement ca. 1760–70Medium: Case: tortoiseshell backed with brass leaf, pearwood veneered with rosewood; and partly gilded silver; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 46.162On view in:Gallery 533