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Pocket set of drawing instruments

probably Peter Dollond (1730–1820)
ca. 1755–60
British, London
Case: shagreen with silver mounts; Instruments: brass, steel, ivory
Case: H. 7 x W. 3 1/8 in. (17.8 x 7.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
This étui contains tools for a draftsman, including a protractor, dividers, and an ivory rule. The maker of the instruments, John Dollond, was trained as a silk weaver, a trade he abandoned in 1752, when he began to collaborate with his son making optical instruments. From the 1760s on, such English luxury goods were available in Paris in magasins anglais.
Signature: Dollond London (on .b, .c, .d)

Inscription: BOYCE (on .g)
[ Percy Webster (in 1923) ] ; William Gedney Beatty (until 1941; bequeathed to MMA)
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