Large multi-tiered presentation box of drawings instruments ca. 1870

Large multi-tiered presentation box of drawings instruments ca. 1870


Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Category: Drawing Instruments


A fine burled walnut and brass-mounted drafting set with a complete set of German silver drawing instruments. Includes three separate levels containing Ivory protractor, parallel rule, Rowney Co. watercolors, and complete Engineering templates and curves.

This drafting set belonged to John Steven (1834-1906), former Signal Superintendent of the Scottish Caledonian Railway Company.  It was presented to him in 1873 upon his promotion to a higher position. Steven was an accomplished engineer who designed many improved mechanisms for railways, see final images including his obituary and an example of his many technical drawings which may very well have been laid out with these instruments.

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