18th century drawing instruments in gilt leather case

18th century drawing instruments in gilt leather case


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Category: Drawing Instruments


Leather covered wooden case of antique drawing instruments with interior in cream colored suede. Most likely from southern Germany, the set comprises 12 different instruments and is complete. Includes brass protractor and square; large compass with complete attachments for measuring, inking and pencil lines as well as an extension leg for big circles; two smaller dividers, one plain and one hair divider with a thumbscrew for very precise adjustment of the legs; a finely turned rule pen for ink lines; two glazed porcelain inkwells and a small brass wrench for tightening the dividers. Instruments have “butterfly” type iron thumbscrews.

Exterior of the case is decorated with a gilded wheel surrounded by foliate designs over a maple leaf and incised gilded border. Case is in nearly perfect condition.

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Instrumentum is based in the United States and specializes in high quality 17th and 18th century scientific instruments for architecture, mathematics and navigation. We have collected antique instruments for over 20 years with a focus on early and rare European architectural drafting sets, dividers, and rules. If you are interested in something particular please contact us at instrumentuminfo@gmail.com. Image galleries of our inventory can be viewed on Pinterest and Facebook at the following links:



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