Offered for sale are these fine antique brass dividers, probably German and dating to the second half of the 17th century. With detachable point, they would have been used as a drawing instrument or for mathematics or chart reading. Constructed with a five-leaf friction joint and beautifully ornamented with hexagonal head, elegant details on the legs, and thumbscrew.
A hallmark on the outside of one leg is worn away but still visible and resembles a harp, see photo.
13 cm/ 5 1/8 inch
Condition: traces of discoloration/build up in decorated areas around the leg with the removable point, and minor corrosion of the steel. Seams in the layers of brass used in construction are visible in a few places around the joint.
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