Drawing Compass

Description
This 18th-century brass drawing instrument appears to be mostly handcrafted. The needle point is relatively broad, and the pen point is shaped like a spade. Both legs are decorated with four horizontal lines, and the leg with the needle point is engraved with a horseshoe. Both sides of both legs have an apparently intentional gouge shaped like a triangle. The joint is round with a ridge around the bottom.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
compass, drawing
dividers
drawing compass
date made
18th century
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.2 cm x 1.1 cm x .8 cm; 4 1/32 in x 7/16 in x 5/16 in
place made
Europe
ID Number
MA*316928
accession number
219305
catalog number
316928
subject
Mathematics
Drawing Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Dividers and Compasses
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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