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Compasses (Charles Bruning)


A black plastic case, lined with purple velvet, that folds and snaps closed. Inside the case, the velvet is moulded into inserts that house the compasses. The case contains 10 metal compasses ranging in length from 9-17 cm; a 1 cm metal disc with a glass centre used to protect the drafting surface from the point of the compass; a 1 cm a small metal vial of spare leads; and 1 small plastic box of spare compass screws. Some of the compasses still hold lead.

Accession Number: 2011.psy.47

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Primary Materials: Box: Plastic, Velvet. Compasses: Metal


On the interior of the case: “Charles Bruning Company; No. 905 Gold Seal”; Stamp on exterior “905”.

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Height = 2.5, Width = 28, Length = 12; Compasses: Lengths = 9-17

Function: Drafting

Condition: Excellent

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Manufacturer: Charles Bruning Company

Date of Manufacture:


Dept. of Psychology, University of Toronto

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