ELEGANCE AT THE DRAWING TABLE
Stock Number: 9199
IMPRESSIVE SILVER DRAFTING SET, English, c. late 18th century, signed "R. Marsh, London."
case measures 6-3/4 inches (17 cm) tall
c. late 18th century
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.