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What is this tool??

I came across this in a friend's garage and am puzzled as to what it could be. It slides back and forth and can lock into place using grooves.

Does anyone know what it is?

Re: What is this tool??

It looks like a type of tool used in drafting to enlarge or reduce the size of a drawing. Depending on where the pivoting point is locked, you would trace over a drawing with one end of the instrument and the other end would have a graphite tip and would draw the lines on another sheet of paper. I just can't think of the name of the instrument, but I believe that it starts with a "P".

Re: What is this tool??

The tool that I was thinking of is a Pantograph.

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