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What is this device, apparently from 1908?



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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

I ggogled the image and there is an ongoing Reddit discussion about it. Is that where you found it?
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Old 28.07.2016, 09:09
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

looks like a weird calculator ?
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

Looks cool.

What does the back look like?
Where did you find it?
Do the rings move independently?

"Copyright" would suggest either not from Switzerland, or made for export.
The holes around the 20 divisions would seem to indicate a protractor of some type.
The 4 holes at the corners (and damage) would seem to indicate it was mounted on something.

Surveyors tool?
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Old 28.07.2016, 09:17
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

It goes up to 18 on the large scale. A golf handicap calculator?

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looks like a weird calculator ?
Quite - I was going to say something like a rotary slide rule, but the fractions aren't making sense to me.
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Old 28.07.2016, 09:24
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Quite - I was going to say something like a rotary slide rule, but the fractions aren't making sense to me.
Slaphead: if the nx16 multiplication table bottom right is any indication it would appear to be a device to allow mathematically challenged people to do higher math.
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

Perhaps it is just a prank that still works 108 years later.
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

It's a clever time machine. That's why made it to 2016.
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I ggogled the image and there is an ongoing Reddit discussion about it. Is that where you found it?
Here the reddit discussion.

https://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthist...ng_thing_from/
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

I think it's some kind of Rechenschieber(slide rule?). They came in many variations, including for particular and
specialized applications. While typically straight, some were made in a clockface fashion.

They also came as accessories for machines etc, which would explain the copyright.




or this (sorry mods, can't resize by myself)

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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

The original blue zone parking card??
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Old 28.07.2016, 11:14
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

I don't think it can be any sort of slide rule type thing because the numbers are evenly spaced.

What's counted in 16s (or was in 1908) besides ounces and imperial fluid ounces?
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Old 28.07.2016, 11:24
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

Surely Wolli or Dougal can remember from their university days
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Old 28.07.2016, 11:53
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I don't think it can be any sort of slide rule type thing because the numbers are evenly spaced.

What's counted in 16s (or was in 1908) besides ounces and imperial fluid ounces?
It could be a sort of vernier, the white scale has 19 divisions, the next 20, the inner 30, but it doesn't seem to have a fiducial or nonius.

The fact that all 3 scales have pin holes is interesting, particularly as the outer series is progresses in steps of 2, 1, 2, 1, 2... interesting.

I wonder if it has something to do with typesetting - a space calculator for kerning for example. This would mean that the pin holes aren't for measuring angles, but are some kind of fiducial or nonius.

I think it is more a counting or conversion aid than a calculating device.
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

I saw it first here http://forums.contractoruk.com/techn...know-what.html

I just wondered whether a wider audience might recognise it.
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

Its an old device for counting "conquests" dependent on the bases reached.
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

Its to calculate the tax for new PWC employees
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Its to calculate the tax for new PWC employees
Don't be daft - its what PWC tax consultants use to calculate the tax for new expats - including benefits in kind
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Re: What is this device, apparently from 1908?

I once had a GF who used a thing like that to calculate her period and all that.

I think it's called a migraine planner.

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