A fine shagreen case of brass, steel and ivory drawing instruments dating to the late 18th century. An original and complete set of instruments including matching ivory sector and scale rule; large and small dividers with complete original attachments for inking and pencil leads; a very fine bow compass; a brass pen with beautiful turned decoration; and brass protractor and bone scribe. The case interior is lined in colored and marbled papers, the exterior fitted with brass details. Instruments are constructed with fine butterfly thumbscrews. Maker signature is present on the case rim but illegible.
A typical English case of the period with unusually intact matching instruments and a fine untouched patina.
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Instrumentum 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Image galleries of our inventory can be viewed on Pinterest and Facebook at the following links: