Early drawing instruments could combine the decorative with the practical. The instruments and casket of  are covered in fine gold and silver damascene work. The original surfaces of  carry scrolling foliage etched by acid (the undecorated arc is a replacement). Although much more plain, the later compasses  still retain some decoration, especially on the wing screws.
- Inventory No. 52444, "Set of Drawing Instruments, Italian, Early 16th Century" [1924-0/part]
- Inventory No. 36183, "Pair of Compasses, by Christoph Trechsler, Dresden, 1604" [1957-84/250], Trechsler, Christoph
- Inventory No. 35868, "Pair of Compasses with Screw-Thread Supporting Arc, French or Italian?, 17th Century" [1957-84/254]