Antique drafting tools in shagreen case, etui, "necessaire", c.1770-1820 Marketed first in England, but made in either England or France. Tools within are those used by architects, designers, cartographers and sea captains. Shagreen case, etui (shagreen is leather made from stingray).
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Shagreen leather outer case is excellent for age and type. The case's measurements are noted on the photos. All the implements are beautifully crafted, top instruments of the era. The case still has a ruler in that long flat section, but it misses 3 others (see openings in this extravagantly opulent case, and also 1 instrument (one opening visible that is not filled). RARE to find. Original paper inside of fitted tray top, and the inside lid which is silk velvet-lined is in very good condition. The clasp fits perfectly tight, and there is no loss nor tears, holes in the old stingray leather outer case. This one is just superb! Pen included and even a rotating cartography measuring tool/wheel, which is quite rare. Photos tell all.