1849 · New York
This trade card describes Erasmus A. Kutz as "Manufacturer & Importer of Mathematical Instruments, Corner of Burling Slip & Water St, New York." The card is printed on glossy stock with the note "Kelham Sc Fenchurch St. London" lower right indicating it was printed in London. While the trade card shows a multitude of instruments around the border, instruments signed by either Kutz are rare - Webster notes one example, Smart adds six additional items. The border shows not only mathematical instruments, but nautical instruments, charts & pilots, sextants and octants, confirming that this is Kutz, Sr.
Trade cards by American scientific instrument manufacturers from this period are rare in our experience. We are aware of one other example of this trade card, on blue paper sold with a letterhead dated 1846.
For more information see Charles E. Smart, "The Makers of Surveying Instruments in America since 1700", Vol 1, pp 99-100 and the Webster Scientific Instrument Database Online. Nothing in OCLC by this maker/importer. No catalogs or other information in Davis and Dreyfuss. (Inventory #: 28070)