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Decorative devices

Early drawing instruments could combine the decorative with the practical. The instruments and casket of [1] are covered in fine gold and silver damascene work. The original surfaces of [2] carry scrolling foliage etched by acid (the undecorated arc is a replacement). Although much more plain, the later compasses [3] still retain some decoration, especially on the wing screws.

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Inventory No. 36183, "Pair of Compasses, by Christoph Trechsler, Dresden, 1604" [1957-84/250], Trechsler, Christoph