Felsenthal FAE-23A Artillery Protractor


This clear plastic semicircular protractor is divided by tens and marked by hundreds from 100 to 3,100 mils and from 3,300 to 6,300 mils. Mils are units used in artillery and other military applications; 1,000 mils is equivalent to 56.25°. A pinhole is at the origin point. The bottom edge of the protractor is divided by hundreds and marked by thousands from 3,000 to 0. A vernier appears to the right of the scale. The scale is labeled: 1/25,000 METERS. Superimposed on the scale is a second scale, divided by two hundreds and marked (in red) by two thousands from 0 to 6,000. A vernier appears to the left of that scale, which is labeled (in red): 1/50,000 METERS.

The interior of the protractor has a relatively small semicircular opening with a groove parallel to the origin point. Below the opening is a maker's mark: 8 INCH (/) FELSENTHAL INSTRUMENTS CO. (/) CHICAGO (/) FAE-23A. The letters U.S. are printed above the origin point. Donor Ben Rau, who worked for Felsenthal, dated the object to 1951. The form of the signature indicates the protractor was probably manufactured for the U.S. Army in the 1960s.

This protractor is very similar to 1977.1141.11. See also 1977.1141.01, 1977.1141.02, 1977.1141.03, 1977.1141.05, 1977.1141.08, 1977.1141.09, 1977.1141.10, 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.

Reference: Copyright Office, Library of Congress, "Books and Pamphlets," Catalog of Copyright Entries, 3rd ser., 16, part 1, no. 2 (1964): 1392.

Date Attributed By Donor: 1951Date Made: 1960s

Maker: Felsenthal Instrument Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago

Subject: MathematicsProtractorArtillery


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Credit Line: Gift of Ben Wharton Rau and Margery Felsenthal Rau

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.1141.12Accession Number: 1977.1141Catalog Number: 336396

Object Name: protractor

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: .2 cm x 20.3 cm x 11.2 cm; 3/32 in x 8 in x 4 13/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-248c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_904369

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