Set of Drawing Instruments

This mahogany veneered case is fastened with metal hooks and lined with black velvet. The top has a green sticker marked: 14. An L-square, ruler, case for pencil leads, and compass attachments appear to be missing from inside the case. The instruments that remain in the set include:
1) 6-1/8" steel, German silver, and ivory drawing pen. The handle is broken.
2) 4-1/4" German silver and steel dividers with removable pen and needle points.
3) 7/8" German silver joint tightener.
4) 5" German silver and steel fixed-leg dividers.
5) 5-3/4" German silver and steel dividers with removable pen point, pencil point, and lengthening bar.
According to the donor, the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey acquired the instruments on September 24, 1912, and last issued them to an employee on January 19, 1927. No sets like this one were found in Keuffel & Esser, Dietzgen, or Gurley catalogs.
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing instruments, set of
date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
steel (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
overall: 3 cm x 24.6 cm x 11 cm; 1 3/16 in x 9 11/16 in x 4 11/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Drafting, Engineering
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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