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Rare Boxwood Set of Napier's Bones
4/12/2014 - Americana: Live Salesroom Auction
19th century.  A rare set of Napier's bones, consisting of a carved and incised wood box with ten rectangular rods; box measures 2.25 x 3.5 in.

Invented by mathematician John Napier (Scottish, 1550-1670), Napier's bones is a calculating device which uses a series of numbered rods to multiply, divide, and extract square roots.  The term bones refers to the numbered rods themselves which were originally made of ivory or horn.


Provenance:  
From the Estate of Kenneth Erwin, Portland, Michigan


Condition:  
An age split.
Sold: $2,952.00
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