Shagreen cased drawing instruments by Dollond, London

Shagreen cased drawing instruments by Dollond, London




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UK and Ireland

Category: Drawing Instruments


Antique George III silver-mounted shagreen etui of drawing instruments by Dollond, London, 18th century. Inside are brass compass dividers complete with extension piece and interchangeable pen/pencil attachments, and an ivory rule stamped DOLLOND LONDON.

Peter Dollond (1730 -1820) was the son of John Dollond, a Huguenot silk weaver, and started business as an optician at the age of twenty in 1750. He was joined by his father in 1752 until the latter’s death in 1761 and then by his brother, John, until his death in 1804. The family business was continued by Peter Dollond’s nephew, George Huggins, who subsequently changed his surname to Dollond. Peter Dollond was appointed optician to George III and the Duke of York and the workshop was renowned for producing high quality instruments.

Condition: lid closes tightly, wall of one compartment is partial

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