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Title U.S. Sketch Board, model 1913, made by Keuffel & Esser Co., N.Y., N.d., ca. 1890-1910.
Object Name Board, Drawing
Catalog Number 2009.006.0115
Collection Keuffel & Esser Company Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Description U.S. Sketch Board, model 1913, made by Keuffel & Esser Co., New York. No date, circa 1890-1910. Pine wood, 12-1/2" wide 15" high x 5/8" thick; overall thickness with tacks and bottom knobs 1" thick. Metal and glass integral pointing compass with displacement lever; brass mounting plate at center back; domed tacks on top; brass metal screw posts with screw knobs on bottom; two recessed (circa no. 10?) wood screws (2-3/8" long) at top and bottom edges. Back has imprinted text in black with model name and number, directions for use, manufacturer's name. See notes for transcription.

Reference materials related to this era are not readily available at time of cataloging. Date range represents a likely period of production; the item may be earlier than 1890.

The board was apparently intended for field use in making sketches while doing survey work. The compass which uses only North marking was to orient the board before starting a drawing. Various scales in black appear at the top front. Ones at the right: inches; hundreds of yards 6" = 1 mile; hundreds of yards 3" = 1 mile. At the bottom is a scale in black for guiding perspective drawing.

K&E main office and factories were in Hoboken during the period when this was manufactured.
Date 1890-1910
Year Range from 1890.0
Year Range to 1910.0
Search Terms K & E
Keuffel & Esser Co.
Caption top face full view
Imagefile 069\20090060115.TIF
Notes 2009.006.0115
Text as it appears on the back:

U.S. [vignette image of a building exterior] Sketching Board Model 1913.

1. Store board flat with this face up.
2. Use nothing except clips to attach paper.
3. Screw board lightly to tripod.
4. Set up tripod to give approximate orientation.
5. Make final orientation by turning board on tripod.
6. After final orientation, screw board firmly to tripod
7. Never use force to make any adjustment.
8. For sketching mounted; carry board over shoulder by cord through holes in corner.

Keuffel & Esser Co., N.Y.
Classification Manufacturing
Business & Commerce