Bow Dividers

This steel and brass instrument is called a bow divider because the nut on the side may be tightened or loosened to hold the instrument at a desired width. This example is similar to one sold by Keuffel & Esser, although the top of the handle is different. There is no maker's mark.
Reference: Catalogue of Keuffel & Esser Co. , 33rd ed. (New York, 1909), 62.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: .8 cm x 7.1 cm x 1.6 cm; 5/16 in x 2 25/32 in x 5/8 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 Ruth A. Ming

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