Fine brass compass dividers, late 17th century

Fine brass compass dividers, late 17th century


Lovely decorative 17th century compass dividers in good condition

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Category: Drawing Instruments


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.

From Germany.

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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Instrumentum specializes in high quality 17th and 18th century scientific instruments for architecture, mathematics and navigation. We have collected antique instruments for over 20 years with a focus on early and rare European architectural drafting sets, dividers, and rules. If you are interested in something particular please contact us at Image galleries of our inventory can be viewed on Pinterest and Facebook at the following links:

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