Accession No

3767


Brief Description

arithmometer, by A. Burkhardt, German, circa 1890


Origin

Germany


Maker

Burkhardt, A.


Class

mathematics


Earliest Date

Jan. 1, 1890


Latest Date

Dec. 31, 1890


Inscription Date


Material

wood (mahogany, ebony); metal (brass); plastic; transparent material (horn?)


Dimensions

length 592mm; breadth 190mm; height 97mm


Special Collection


Provenance

Purchased from Christie's, London, England; lot 63, 30/03/1993.


Inscription

‘A. Burkhardt
Glashütte i S.
No. 28’ (arithmometer)


Description Notes

Arithmometer in fitted mahogany case. Brass calculator front with 8 slider-keys each numbered 0 - 9. 16 circular holes through which to view the sums. Further 9 holes with numbers showing. Key to alter from multiplication to division. Winding handle at right-hand end. Two knurled plastic knobs for zeroing. Upper section hinges upwards to reveal mechanism and to allow adjustment for calculation involving decimals (?). Panelled hinged lid with transparent top to separated compartment on left side. ‘Rechenmachine.’ branded onto lid of box.

Condition fair; complete.


References

Mikey McGovern; 'Mechanical calculation'; Explore Whipple Collections online article; Whipple Museum of the History of Science; University of Cambridge: https://www.whipplemuseum.cam.ac.uk/explore-whipple-collections/calculating-devices/mechanical-calculation


Events


FM:40150

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