Dividers from Japan

The Japanese Empire Department of Education displayed these oversized wooden dividers at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. One leg partially fits into a slot in the other leg. A string holds the legs together at the joint, but originally there was probably a metal screw there. A metal point, 3 1/8" long, extends from one leg. A wooden peg, supposedly for holding a crayon, is attached to the other leg. The dividers unfold into a 30" straight line, and their large size may indicate that they were used for classroom demonstrations. On the fair and the fate of the exhibit, see MA*261313.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
before 1876
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
string (overall material)
overall: 2 cm x 43.8 cm x 3.3 cm; 25/32 in x 17 1/4 in x 1 5/16 in
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Expositions and Fairs
Dividers and Compasses
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Dividers and Compasses
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior

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