Pen Point for Drawing Compass


This leg for a drawing compass has a brass top, which is jointed, and steel pen points with a brass screw for adjusting the width of the pen line to be drawn. At the turn of the 20th century, compasses frequently came with interchangeable legs, one for drawing with pencil lead and one for drawing with ink. This part does not resemble any of the compasses advertised in Keuffel & Esser, Dietzgen, or Gurley catalogs from this time period.

Date Made: ca 1900

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: MathematicsDrawing Instruments


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Mathematics, Science & Mathematics, Dividers and Compasses


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Credit Line: Gift of Eunice L. Hoffman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MA.335339Accession Number: 305958Catalog Number: 335339

Object Name: pen pointcompass, drawing (partial)

Physical Description: brass (overall material)steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9.6 cm x 1.1 cm x .8 cm; 3 25/32 in x 7/16 in x 5/16 in


Record Id: nmah_904321

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