Dividers from Japan

Description
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 261313.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
before 1876
place made
Japan
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
string (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 cm x 43.8 cm x 3.3 cm; 25/32 in x 17 1/4 in x 1 5/16 in
ID Number
MA.261301
catalog number
261301
accession number
51116
Credit Line
Transfer from Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
subject
Mathematics
Education
Expositions and Fairs
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
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Dividers and Compasses
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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