early 19th c.
2.5 in WIDE
(6.35 cm WIDE)
Museum Purchase

Antique navigational divider. Nav. dividers, iron. European origin, country uncertain? From the History Information Station Object: Divider used for measuring and marking maps, made in Europe, circa the late 18th century. History: Dividers similar to this one were used by navigators when plotting their ship's course. Navigators pricked off their course on a chart and measured distances against the linear or bar scale using dividers. Beginning in the 16th century, dividers were more commonly called compasses, and, together with the rule, were the sole equipment used for navigating with a chart. Museum Purchase

Used: Europe

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