A very large brass-mounted shagreen case with brass, steel and ivory drawing instruments. Fine and complete set of 12 instruments including ivory sector, parallel and scale rule; large and small dividers with complete and matching attachments for ink, pencil lines and dotting wheel; a very fine ink pen with hidden pricker and beautiful turned decoration; and brass protractor and brass/bone mounted pencil. The case interior is lined in printed, colored and marbled papers, the exterior fitted with a brass cartouche. Instruments are constructed with fine butterfly thumbscrews throughout. A signature of the maker or perhaps the owner is present on the case but illegible.
A very large and fine example of a late 18th century English drafting set in excellent condition.
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