Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Snub Dodecahedron

The Archimedean solids are polyhedra with regular polygons for sides and edges of equal length. For example, the faces of this surface are twelve regular pentagons and eighty equilateral triangles. It is called a snub dodecahedron. The model is cut and folded from paper. A mark on two faces reads: XII (/) 17. A. Harry Wheeler (/) Nov.1.1931 (/) Pat. 1292188. A paper sticker glued to another side reads: 17. Wheeler assigned the model the number 17, and referred to it as Archimedean solid XII.
Magnus J. Wenninger, Polyhedron Models, Cambridge: The University Press, 1971, p. 32.
A. H. Wheeler, Catalog of Models, A. H. Wheeler Papers, Mathematics Collections, National Museum of American History.
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Object Name
geometric model
date made
Wheeler, Albert Harry
Wheeler, Albert Harry
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
tan (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm; 4 17/32 in x 5 5/16 in x 5 5/16 in
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America Objects
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Mathematical Association of America Objects
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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