These fine quality proportional dividers, signed Abraham, BATH, are in exceptionally good condition, with few signs of use. More unusually, the black sharkskin case is in perfect condition, as good as any I have seen. These dividers and case are very much in late Georgian style. They came from a deceased estate with a rolling rule dated 1811. Jacob Abraham was first recorded working in St Andrew’s Terrace, Bath (Somerset) in 1809. It appears likely the two associated items are of the same period and have remained together.
The rule appears in a separate listing.
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