Large and heavy 17th century brass and steel navigational dividers

Large and heavy 17th century brass and steel navigational dividers


Categories: Navigational instruments, Drawing Instruments, Tools


A very large and heavy pair of 17th century brass and steel dividers with a nice patina. Historically used for mathematics or chart reading, these antique dividers are constructed with the five leaf hexagonal ball head friction joint typical of the period and are in working condition. A few dings and some distortions to the end of the steel points. 19.5cm / 7 ½ inches and very thick construction.

Similar dividers can be seen at the Harvard collection of scientific instruments:

And in past sales

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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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