Pen Point for Drawing Compass

This leg for a drawing compass has a brass top, which is jointed, and steel pen points with a brass screw for adjusting 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. This part does not resemble any of the compasses advertised in Keuffel & Esser, Dietzgen, or Gurley catalogs from this time period.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pen point
compass, drawing (partial)
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
overall: 9.6 cm x 1.1 cm x .8 cm; 3 25/32 in x 7/16 in x 5/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
Drawing Instruments
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
Gift of Eunice L. Hoffman

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