Box of dividers
Accession Number: 2012.ast.13
Box with 11 dividers inside, wrapped in wax paper and cloth bag. Each divider is 18 cm long and has adjustable legs ending in sharp points.
Alternative Name: Compass divider
Steel/Iron. Cardboard box. Cloth bag and wax paper.
1) Label on top of box: “The Genuine and Original Irwin Bits [drill bits], Made in U.S. of A., The Irwin A[...]it Company, Wilmington, Ohio, U.S. of A.” Purple moving label: “dept.”
2) Label attached to original box: “24 dividers, Sept. 1947.”
3) On wax paper in light pencil: “13B/68.”
4) On cloth bag, tag with: “Royal Canadian Air Force, Technical Service Stores, Ottawa.”
5) On 10 of the dividers: “R.C.A.F. Ref. No. 13B/68.” Machine engraved on one of these is “152”, on another is hand engraved “R. Pease.”
6) On the other divider: “Charvos Inc. U.S.A.”
Box: Height = 5 x Width = 26.5 x Length = 6.5, Dividers: Height = 18 x Width = 1.5 x Length = 0.4
To measure, transfer or mark off distances – esp. on maps or star charts
Royal Canadian Air Force (10 dividers), and Charvos Inc., USA (1 divider).
Date of Manufacture: c. 1945
University of Toronto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Donated to UTSIC: No
Some association with RCAF, probably during WW2.
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