Drawing InstrumentsBox & Magazine Cases
Large, multi-layered cases have been made throughout the history of sets of drawing instruments. Besides drawers, some of these wooden boxes have compartments that fold out from the lid or from the base. Unlike the half-dozen or so instruments in pocket cases, these cases could hold twenty or thirty drawing implements. The materials used to line the cases have changed over time, from the pink felt applied by J. D. Weickert's workshop in the 18th century to the satin and velvet that were commonplace in the 19th and 20th centuries. As can be seen on the next page, foam was introduced in the late 20th century. Brass hooks and eyes were often attached to fasten the lids; other cases could be locked with a key. American firms that sold these sets of instruments included Widdifield & Co. and Frost & Adams, both of Boston, and William Minifie of Baltimore.
"Sets of Drawing Instruments - Box & Magazine Cases" showing 1 items.
- This wooden case is covered with black leather, lined with purple velvet, and fastened by a brass hook. Pieces of chamois and paper lie inside the case. The paper is marked: Andreas Fruth. (/) Speyer, Inw 18./5. 1866. The set includes a 5-1/4" brass and steel drawing pen with ivory handle; a small white ceramic cup, presumably for ink; 4-1/8" brass and steel dividers with a removable leg and pen and pencil attachments; and a brass joint tightener.
- Andreas Fruth (1849–1931), the grandfather of the donor, was born and raised in Speyer, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1868 and operated the Filsinger & Fruth Marble and Granite Works, which made cemetery monuments in St. Louis, Mo., from 1872 to 1922. He married Caroline Brandenburger in 1873 and raised three children, Otto, Herman, and Hilda. For a set of drawing instruments owned by Otto, see 1990.0115.02.
- References: Staatsarchiv Hamburg, Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850–1934, microfilm no. K–1721, 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 032 C, p. 676; John W. Leonard, ed., The Book of St. Louisans (St. Louis: The St. Louis Republic, 1906), 190, 207; Fruth Family, Papers, 1862–1920s, Missouri History Museum, http://collections.mohistory.org/archive/ARC:A0537; accession file.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center