Pen Point for Drawing Compass

This leg for a drawing compass has a brass top, which is jointed, and German silver pen points with an adjusting screw. Loosening the screw increases the width of the pen line to be drawn. At the turn of the 20th century, compasses frequently came with interchangeable legs, one for drawing with pencil lead and one for drawing with ink. The compass to which this pen point belonged may have been part of a set of drawing instruments. Due to its different shape and materials, it is probably not from the same compass as MA.335336.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 9 cm x 1.1 cm x .6 cm; 3 17/32 in x 7/16 in x 1/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Eunice L. Hoffman
Drawing Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Dividers and Compasses
Data Source
National Museum of American History