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Cylindrical Numeral Frame or Abacus

Cylindrical Numeral Frame or Abacus

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This numeral frame is in the shape of a cylinder, with wooden discs at each end ten straight metal bars forming the sides. Each bar carries ten beads. The color of the beads is faded. There might once of been green beads along two wires, orange beads along the next two wire, uncolored beads along the next wire, and then once again green beads along two wires, orange beads along the next two wires, and uncolored beads along the final wire. A stand, which would allow the cylinder to turn, is missing.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
wood (endpieces, beads material)
metal (rods material)
overall: 6.5 cm x 17.9 cm x 6.5 cm; 2 9/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 2 9/16 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Dr. Richard Lodish American School Teaching Collection
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Arithmetic Teaching
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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