Drawing Pen

This 3-3/4" German silver and ivory drawing pen is missing the decorative bulb that would have been at the top of the handle. As with other ivory-handled drawing pens, the point may be unscrewed from the handle. Pens like this were sold for engineering drawing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Compare to 1977.0279.01, 1978.2110.07, 1978.2110.08, 1978.2110.10, 1979.0420.01, 1983.0238.01, 1990.0115.01, 1990.0115.02, MA*309654, MA*315411, MA*317925.04, MA*318491, MA*323412, MA*334622, MA*335300, MA*335335, MA*335353, MA*335355.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
german silver (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
overall: 9.6 cm x .5 cm x .5 cm; 3 25/32 in x 3/16 in x 3/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Pens and Pencils
Science & Mathematics
Drawing Instruments
Drafting, Engineering
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Pens and Pencils
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth A. Ming

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