An early 20th century drawing set in a fitted black metal case, embossed to the lining of the inside lid, ‘Spottiswoode & Co, Limited. Eton College’.
The three wooden rulers, ivory sector, protractor, bone pens and the three largest brass compass dividers, all signed, ‘Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd’.
The additional boxwood protractor is by ‘Army & Navy Ltd’.
One of the small compass dividers is by Halden.
The Company was founded in 1739 by William Strahan, then a printers. Nephews of his son, Andrew & Robert Spottiswoode, joined the company in 1819. The company became ‘Spottiswoode & Co.’ in 1855 and became ‘Limited’ in 1900, the same year they acquired Eton College Press.
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