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Surveyor's Instruments

Surveyor's Instruments

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    1891

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Shagreen, Silver

  • Museum number:

    137-1906

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The case contains a pair of dividers, a compass, a ruler and a pencil. Surveyors, architects and navigators used tools like this to make maps and build houses. They needed their tools to be light and portable. The case is made out of a material called shagreen, which is made from ray or shark skin.

Physical description

The case is oblong, tapered, with hinged lid fitten with moulded mount. A silver plate with initials I.B.M and London hall mark for 1891-2 has recently been let in to the top of the lid.

Place of Origin

London

Date

1891

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Shagreen, Silver

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1891-2

Initials: IBM
Unidentified

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm Case, Width: 3.7 cm Case, Depth: 1.5 cm Case

Labels and date

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Before modern transport people largely travelled on foot or on horseback. Useful everyday items needed to be carried comfortably on the body. Some were miniature versions of larger objects, others folded ingeniously to become portable. Often they were intricate and delicate.

These eleven items were personal possessions. Many were made before pockets were commonplace. Some were used in the workplace, some at home and some on the road.

Many have cases as stylish as the objects they protect. These cases came in a range of materials, from expensive ivory and sharkskin to cheaper leather and wood. Their decoration shows the same designs that adorn silver, ceramics and textiles.

All these objects give us interesting insights into work, leisure and social etiquette

3 SURVEYOR'S INSTRUMENTS
Steel, ivory and partially gilded silver, with shagreen case
England, hallmarks for 1891-2

The case contains a pair of dividers, a compass, a ruler and a pencil. Surveyors, architects and navigators used tools like this to make maps and build houses. They needed their tools to be light and portable. The case is made out of a material called shagreen, which is made from ray or shark skin.

Museum no. 137-1906 []

Materials

Shagreen; Silver

Categories

Metalwork; Personal accessories; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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