A very fine and good-sized pair of 17th century brass single-handed navigational dividers. Likely Dutch. Historically used for mathematics or chart reading, these have an intact and even brown patina.
Similar examples can be seen in the portrait of instrument maker Elias Allen (final image) and in various collections including the London Science Museum, Oxford History of Science Museum, and National Maritime Museum:
Condition: Small area of verdegris on one leg and divot on joint, see photos
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