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Chinese abacus, c1900

This is a rectangular wooden abacus (15.5 cm x 29 cm x 2.5 cm), made in about 1900. It has two decks (divided horizontally by the beam) of 13 rods inserted vertically in the frame. On the bottom deck there are five wooden beads on each rod and on the top deck there are two beads on each rod. The abacus has a removable wooden ...


Fruit and vegetable merchant's abacus, 1900s

This is a Chinese abacus, one of several abacuses used by Sydney fruit and vegetable merchant Mar Leong Wah for making calculations at his family's successful Wing Sang and Co fruit and vegetable wholesale store. The wooden abacus consists of a rectangular frame with a horizontal divider that splits the framed area into ...