Drawing protractor

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Probably made in Glasgow

Postcard of Drawing protractor.
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Drawing protractor

This brass drawing protractor was made around 1850, probably by Gardner & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow.

Engraved by the protractor's pivot is 'REGISTERED/ 8th May 1848/ No 1444' and 'GARDNER & CO. / 21 Buchanan St./GLASGOW'.

Gardner & Co. registered the design of this protractor with the Patent Office Design Registry in 1848. It would possibly have been used in an architect's office.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-765-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.173
Date: Around 1850
c. 1850
Material: Brass. Inscription: REGISTERD / 8th. May 1848 / No. 1444 ; GARDNER & Co. / 21 Buchanan St. / GLASGOW.
Dimensions: 481 mm arm radius
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Gardner and Co., Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: 8" protractor in brass, numbered 1444, with semicircular arc and 14 1/2" rule, registered design of 1848, signed by Gardner and Co., Glasgow, c. 1850
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. p 176 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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