WRICO Lettering Guide

<< >>
This lettering set is stored in a wooden case. Sixteen plastic lettering guides, a metal guide holder with rough surface, a metal scriber, a plastic scriber adjuster, three metal inkwells, twenty numbered plastic tubes, seventeen points distributed among the tubes, a metal needle holder wrapped in paper and containing six metal needles, a paper envelope containing four needles, and a plastic pen handle are included. A cardboard sheet lists the contents of the set.
Each lettering guide has capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols written on it. The scriber makes it possible to copy the letters at various angles. The scriber adjuster sets the scriber. The scriber can hold any of three inkwells, which in turn hold different points and needles.
Machinist and museum specialist George A. Norton purchased the pieces of the set in July and September of 1970 at George F. Muth Company in Washington, D.C. He spent a total of $17.38.
For documentation and receipts, see 1989.0572.02 and 1989.0572.03.
An earlier version of the WRICO set, not dependent upon a scriber to translate the letters, appears in a 1926 catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co.
Eugene Dietzgen Company, Catalogue, Chicago, 1926, pp. 212-213.
Currently not on view
date made
Wood-Regan Instrument Company
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 cm x 37.7 cm x 12.5 cm; 1 31/32 in x 14 27/32 in x 4 29/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of George A. Norton
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Drawing Templates
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object