Squares & TrianglesTriangles
The triangles in the mathematics collections illustrate the products sold by leading American makers of drawing instruments, including Darling, Brown & Sharpe of Providence, R.I.; and Keuffel & Esser of New York City. An American inventor, LeRoy J. Leishman, devised the Arcascope triangle and combination instrument. The objects on this page also show a transition from triangles made from steel, wood, and rubber to triangles made from plastic. The change in materials in the early 20th century has created a problem for preserving these instruments, as celluloid-based plastics are chemically unstable. Several of these objects are deteriorating despite efforts to store them in a controlled environment.
"Squares & Triangles - Triangles" showing 1 items.
- This unmarked 8" 30°-60°-90° triangle with an open interior is made of two different woods, with a section of darker wood laid between two sections of lighter wood. The dating of other objects from this donor suggests the triangle was made around 1900. Compare to MA*335330. Neither Keuffel & Esser nor the Eugene Dietzgen Company advertised triangles like this one. James W. Queen of Philadelphia did offer walnut or mahogany triangles with a maple inlay, but the firm did not sell the instrument in the 8-inch size.
- Reference: James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Mathematical Instruments (Philadelphia, 1883), 51.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- ca 1900
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center