Elegant brass and steel dividers, early 18th century

Elegant brass and steel dividers, early 18th century


A finely decorated pair of early 18th century brass and steel dividers in excellent condition.

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Categories: Navigational instruments, Drawing Instruments


Offered for sale are these elegant brass and steel dividers, probably German or French, from the early 18th century. With detachable point, they would have been used for drawing, mathematics, or chart reading. Constructed with a five-leaf friction joint and geometric head, elegant curving details, and a steel thumbscrew.

Hallmarks are found on both legs including the number ‘7’ and the letters IR with crossing keys above – most likely the maker stamp.

12.7 cm/ 5”

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