Fine brass compass dividers, circa 1720

Fine brass compass dividers, circa 1720


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

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Categories: Navigational instruments, Drawing Instruments, Tools


Offered for sale are these elegant brass and steel dividers, probably German or French, from the first quarter of the 18th century. Constructed with a five-leaf friction joint and beautifully ornamented with globe style geometric head, turned and filed worked moldings, and fine decorative details such as the elaborate steel thumbscrew and exceptional tear drop shaped joint between the brass and steel part of one leg. Detachable steel point perhaps allowed for drawing or inking. Very fine craftsmanship with original and even patina throughout.

15 cm/ 6 inches

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