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A “‘wing’ or ‘bow’ divider, which has a crosspiece that may be used to adjust the precision of the instrument and fix its width in place” (Smithsonian, National Museum of American History). Due to its size it may have been used by a ship builder in the construction of watercraft. It is probably American made, during the 18th or early 19th century.

This divider is made of wood and forged iron–wooden, beveled legs; iron wing nut tightener, hinge support, and tips–and measures 29 1/2 inches arch to tips, with a 13 inch arc.