Keuffel & Esser Dividing Engine for Linear Rules

Keuffel & Esser Dividing Engine for Linear Rules

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Description
This is one of two linear dividing engines presented to the Smithsonian in 1971 by Keuffel & Esser Company of Morristown, New Jersey. It is a precision machine for the graduation of the finely ruled lines on engineers’ flat scales. It was built by Keuffel & Esser after 1900 and was used in their Hoboken, New Jersey, factory through 1970.
A mark on the base reads: 209. A mark on the switch box reads: UNIVERSAL (/) ENCLOSED SWITCH (/) UNIVERSAL (/) P1233.
Parts stored separately include two weights, a long metal holder for objects being divided, five metal feet (painted green), and metal clamps that hold objects to the holder.
Reference:
Accession file 306012.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dividing engine
date made
after 1900
maker
Keuffel & Esser Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Hoboken
Measurements
overall: 141 cm x 104 cm x 88.5 cm; 55 1/2 in x 40 15/16 in x 34 27/32 in
ID Number
MA.335266
catalog number
335265
accession number
306012
Credit Line
Gift of Keuffel & Esser Company
subject
Ruling and Dividing Engines
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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