Two makers by the name of Mégnié were working in Paris during the late 1770s and 1780s. They were probably members of the same family and may well have been brothers. Distinguishing between the two is not always simple and the accounts given should be considered as rationalisations of the available evidence that may be erroneous in details. One of them, for example, constructed a standard ‘pied de Roy’ in 1779. Although the fact that Pierre-Bernard had constructed a straight-line dividing machine shortly before inclines one to think that it was he who made the standard foot, there is as yet no clear evidence that this was indeed the case.

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