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 mahogany veneered case is fastened with metal hooks and lined with black velvet. The top has a green sticker marked: 14. An L-square, ruler, case for pencil leads, and compass attachments appear to be missing from inside the case. The instruments that remain in the set include:
- 1) 6-1/8" steel, German silver, and ivory drawing pen. The handle is broken.
- 2) 4-1/4" German silver and steel dividers with removable pen and needle points.
- 3) 7/8" German silver joint tightener.
- 4) 5" German silver and steel fixed-leg dividers.
- 5) 5-3/4" German silver and steel dividers with removable pen point, pencil point, and lengthening bar.
- According to the donor, the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey acquired the instruments on September 24, 1912, and last issued them to an employee on January 19, 1927. No sets like this one were found in Keuffel & Esser, Dietzgen, or Gurley catalogs.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center