Felsenthal Range Deflection Protractor

This clear plastic sixth-circle protractor is graduated into 10 groups of 20 divisions, each labeled with the number 50. The unit of angular measure is mils, which was utilized in artillery applications. There are 6,400 mils in a circle (i.e., 1 mil = 0.05625 degrees). The arc on this instrument is 1,000 mils, or 56.25 degrees, in length.
An arm extends from the left side of the protractor. The arm is divided to half-units and marked by five (scaled) meters from 160 to 10. Two holes with diameters of 5mm are next to the 145–140 and 30–25 marks. The vertex of the protractor bears a small notch.
The interior of the protractor is marked: PROTRACTOR, RANGE DEFLECTION (/) SCALE 1:25,000 (/) RANGE 16,000 (/) METERS. Stamped inside a box is the text: THIS TRAINING AID WILL BE RETURNED (/) TO THE FIELD ARTILLERY SCHOOL (/) UPON COMPLETION OF THE SUB-COURSE (/) WITH WHICH ISSUED. Donor Ben Rau dated the instrument to 1965.
See also 1977.1141.01, 1977.1141.02, 1977.1141.05, 1977.1141.08, 1977.1141.09, 1977.1141.10, 1977.1141.11, 1977.1141.12, 1977.1141.18, 1977.1141.19, 1977.1141.20, 1977.1141.21, 1977.1141.22, 1977.1141.23, 1977.1141.24, 1977.1141.30, and 1977.1141.39.
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Object Name
date made
Felsenthal Instrument Co.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 41 cm x 66.5 cm; 3/32 in x 16 5/32 in x 26 3/16 in
Place Made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ben Wharton Rau and Margery Felsenthal Rau

Visitor Comments

12/11/2015 9:13:12 AM
How is the protractor used? Thanks
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