Pantograph in Case Like Those Made by William Cary, Signed by John L. Wilson

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This brass pantograph is stored in a wooden case with a lock (key missing) and two hook latches. Two arms are marked from 1/2 to 11/12. The instrument moves on six ivory rollers (one is missing). It is held together with screws. The pencil or tracer slides along one arm while the other point is stationary. An iron weight covered with black felt anchors the pantograph. The pencil holder has a cup at the top to hold weights to darken the pencil writing. There are no holes for the string.
Engraving on one bar of the pantograph reads: John L. Wilson, No. 2. A tag on the front of the lid reads: PROPERTY OF (/) UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH (/) PITTSBURGH, PA 15213.
Compare MA.317868, MA.327891, MA.334888, and 2005.0182.8.
Currently not on view
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 12.5 cm x 67.2 cm x 8.1 cm; 4 29/32 in x 26 15/32 in x 3 3/16 in
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Credit Line
Gift of University of Pittsburgh, Civil Engineering Department
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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