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Soviet Union / Russia



Regular price $55.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $55.00 USD
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A delightful vintage HANDHELD WOODEN ABACUS that would add charm to a child’s room or in a retro display. 

The small abacus is built on a wooden frame with metal rods holding reddish brown and black beads.  The red brick painted frame measures 6 1⁄8” high by 4 ½” wide.  The frame shows use and wear to the paint; overall the abacus piece is in good vintage condition.

The abacus was meant to be handheld like a book, so the vertical sides of the frame are slightly curved to allow it to be easily held in the user’s hands. 

This is a Russian abacus as it has ten beads on each wire, except one, that has four beads.  The row with four beads was used to calculate quarter-ruble fractions.  The abacus has a total of eight rows. The number of rows places this abacus after 1916, as a Russian abacus prior to this time had an additional four-bead row.

The abacus may have been used in a school or in a shop.  As late as thirty years ago, teachers in the former Soviet Union still used the abacus to teach counting and mathematics and market and shop owners used it to calculate sales.

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