Dividers & CompassesCompasses
One characteristic of the compasses in the collection is the variety of ornamentation molded into their metal parts. More often than the instruments on the other pages, compasses were manufactured in the United States, and Americans received patents for adding innovations to the instrument. Several of the objects below were used in schools, and some were even designed to prevent schoolchildren from poking themselves and each other. This page also contains spare parts for compasses.
"Dividers & Compasses - Compasses" showing 1 items.
- This aluminum and metal bow pencil has a ring connecting the instrument to its cylindrical handle, which has a honeycomb pattern. Its width is adjusted by a metal disc between the legs, but the pin holding the disc extends through only one leg of the compass. A ball is on the end of the pin. A rusted lever is on the pin between the legs. The legs are open and hollow. Thumbscrews on the front of one leg and the back of the other adjust the pencil and needle points. The needle point is only pointed on one end; i.e., it is not reversible. Inside each leg is engraved: OMICRON GLENDALE CAL.
- Omicron manufactured drawing instruments, such as ellipsographs, in Glendale, Calif., in the 1940s and 1950s. Robert Behrens Condon studied engineering at the University of Vermont and Columbia University in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which is probably when he purchased this instrument. He operated the New Englander Motor Inn with his politically active wife, Marie, from 1955 to 1978.
- Reference: "April Milestones 2012," Friends Journal, http://www.friendsjournal.org/dept-2012-04-milestones/.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- mid 20th century
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center