MHS Collection Database Search

Narratives

Inventory no. 35868 - Former Display Label

COMPASSES of unknown origin
17th century

Brass and polished steel. Unsigned and undated, perhaps of French or Italian make.

Of massive construction, with finely cut mouldings and engraved decoration. The drawing-pen is detachable and can be replaced by another point. The arms of the compasses are adjusted by means of a wing-nut fixed in one of the arms and mounted so as to be free to rotate. This wing-nut moves along a threaded arc (90°) of steel attached to the other arm.

[57-84/254]
Billmeir Collection

Other narratives:

Related Objects:

Inventory No. 35868, "Pair of Compasses with Screw-Thread Supporting Arc, French or Italian?, 17th Century" [1957-84/254]