E. O. Richter & Co. 1610 Set of Drawing Instruments

This wooden bar-lock case is covered with imitation black leather and lined with dark blue velvet. The top of the case is marked: Präcision (/) D. P. (/) E. O. Richter & Co. The Richter trademark of a superimposed backwards E, O, and R is between the letters D and P. The set includes:
1) 5-1/2" and 5-3/8" painted metal, German silver, and steel drawing pens.
2) 6-1/4" German silver fixed-leg dividers. The center hinge is marked: Richter. The Richter trademark is to the right of the mark.
3) 6-1/4" German silver dividers with extension bar and removable pencil, pen, and needle points. The center hinge is marked: Richter. The Richter trademark is to the right of the mark.
4) 2-1/2" metal screwdriver painted black. Inside the tube are two needle points.
5) 3-1/4" metal handle with three needle points inside.
6) 4-1/8" German silver bow dividers, bow pencil, and bow pen, all with a central thumbscrew. On each instrument, the side of one leg is marked with the Richter trademark. The bow pen is also marked: D. R. P.
The pens may not be original and the joint tightener is missing, but the rest of the set appears to be intact. Compare to 317925.04, 325684, 1985.0909.01, and 2007.0039.01. E. O. Richter & Co., which began making fine drawing instruments in Chemnitz, Germany, in 1892, advertised this set as model number 1610. In 1926, it sold for 59.00 DM.
Reference: Catalogue of E. O. Richter & Co., 5th ed. (Chemnitz, Germany, [1926]), 71.
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date made
early 20th century
E. O. Richter & Co.
place made
Deutschland: Sachsen, Chemnitz
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
steel (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1.6 cm x 27.6 cm x 13 cm; 5/8 in x 10 7/8 in x 5 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Richard L. Anthony
Drafting, Engineering
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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