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 MA*317925.04, MA*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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Object Name
drawing instruments, set of
date made
early 20th century
E. O. Richter & Co.
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
place made
Deutschland: Sachsen, Chemnitz
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
Drafting, Engineering
Drawing Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Drawing Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Richard L. Anthony

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