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Drawing Pen

Drawing Pen

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Description
This 3-3/4" German silver and ivory drawing pen is missing the decorative bulb that would have been at the top of the handle. As with other ivory-handled drawing pens, the point may be unscrewed from the handle. Pens like this were sold for engineering drawing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Compare to 1977.0279.01, 1978.2110.07, 1978.2110.08, 1978.2110.10, 1979.0420.01, 1983.0238.01, 1990.0115.01, 1990.0115.02, 309654, 315411, 317925.04, 318491, 323412, 334622, 335300, 335335, 335353, and 335355.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pen
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
german silver (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9.6 cm x.5 cm x.5 cm; 3 25/32 in x 3/16 in x 3/16 in
ID Number
1978.2110.09
accession number
1978.2110
catalog number
336735
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth A. Ming
subject
Mathematics
Drawing Instruments
Drafting, Engineering
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Pens and Pencils
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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