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Topic: [HM] "portagraion" -- a "mathematical instrument" circa 1745?
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Michael S. Mahoney

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Re: [HM] "portagraion" -- a "mathematical instrument" circa 1745?
Posted: Feb 6, 2006 8:29 PM
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It looks like an English (mis?)spelling of the French "porte-crayon", or
(drawing) pencil holder.


James Landau wrote:

>The following question was posted on another list. I will forward all
>replies posted to HM or sent directly to me.
> - James A. Landau

>>Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 13:20:23 -0500
>>From: "Joel S. Berson" <Berson@ATT.NET>
>>Subject: Q: "portagraion" -- a "mathematical instrument" circa 1745?
>>What is a "portagraion", in the following quotation from 1745? I've
>>done my best in OED2 and googling with various possible
>>spellings. The mention just before of drawing pens suggests
>>"pantograph", but that's not close to what I see.


>>Stephen Greenleaf, Mathematical Instrument-Maker...;Makes and mends
>>all Sorts of Mathematical Instruments, as Theodolites, Spirit Levels,
>>Semicircles, Circumferences, and Protractors, Horizontal and
>>Equinoctal [sic] Sun Dials, Asimuth and Amplitude Compasses,
>>Elliptical and Triangular Compasses, and all Sorts of common
>>Compasses, drawing Pens and Portagraions...; with sundry other
>>Articles too tedious to mention.

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