ELEGANCE AT THE DRAWING TABLE

ELEGANCE AT THE DRAWING TABLE

Stock Number: 9199

$4950.

IMPRESSIVE SILVER DRAFTING SET, English, c. late 18th century, signed "R. Marsh, London."

Dimensions

case measures 6-3/4 inches (17 cm) tall

Circa

c. late 18th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Maritime, Scientific, Navigational instruments, Calculating, Drawing Instruments

Description

IMPRESSIVE SILVER DRAFTING SET, English, c. late 18th century, signed “R. Marsh, London.” The splendid rectangular case measures 6-3/4″ (17 cm) tall constructed of wood covered in fine green rayskin with silver fittings. The set is complete and apparently all original with silver-hinged ivory sector, ivory rectangular protractor / architect¹s rule / Gunter’s rule, ivory parallel rule with exquisite large silver scissors hinge giving very smooth non-shifting parallel motion, plus instruments in silver and steel: large dividers, auxiliary hinged pencil holder, auxiliary hinged adjustable ink pen, hand-held adjustable ink pen with removable scriber as handle, miniature adjustable ink compass, hand held pencil holder, large dividers with fine adjustment, and combination file / quill knife / screwdriver / tightening tool. In very fine condition, probably lacking a small owner’s plaque on the case.

Little is known of the maker of this splendid set, but he/she has a brief entry in Clifton.

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US TESSERACT

David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at mail@etesseract.com.

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