This is a boxed set of draughtsman’s tools that have been loved and used. On the lid is a framed decal stating that it was ‘Presented to Francis Cook by A. Alexander’. The inside of the lid is lined with fabric-covered padding and the main section of the box is velvet-lined with fitted spaces for twelve brass, steel and bone instruments (one only missing). The tray with the implements can be lifted to reveal an empty compartment beneath. The condition is good for age but there are scattered indentations of the timber (which appears to be veneer), and some areas of loss. The padding is significantly faded and worn in spots. The tools appear to be in good condition, with some discolouration of the steel. The hinges are intact. The timber margin of the tray is absent on one short side. This is all most likely as a result of its abovementioned continued use. The main interest of this box is that it was considered important enough in its days to be a valued presentation piece, and the tools may still be functional and usable to the present day.
9.1 ins (23.3cm) x 5.6 ins (14.2cm) x 1.8 ins (4.8cm). Weight 684 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 208.
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Presentation Boxed Draughtsman’s Set, late 19th Century
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