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Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Cube Transformable into a Cuboctahedron and an Octahedron, Dissected Polyhedron

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Cube Transformable into a Cuboctahedron and an Octahedron, Dissected Polyhedron

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Description
This paper folded model is in three pieces. The first is in the shape of a regular octahedron. The second is a group of eight hinged six-sided figures that fit on the eight sides of the octahedron to form a cube. These hinged figures also can be arranged to form a cuboctahedron. The octahedron and cuboctahedron pieces fit into the third piece, a box folded in the shape of a cube. A number on the object reads: 762.
No drawing for this model has been located. There is a drawing dated May 14, 1939 in 1979.3002.42. entitled "Cube Dissected into a Cuboctahedron and an Octahedron – Pyralin model made May 16, 1939." This is a drawing for the plastic form of the model.
See MA.304723.738 and 1979.0102.319.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Geometric Model
unspecified
Wheeler, Albert Harry
maker
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
tan (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
average spatial: 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm; 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in
ID Number
MA.304723.316
accession number
304723
catalog number
304723.316
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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