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Made in Glasgow

Postcard of Drawing protractor.
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Drawing protractor

This bronze drawing protractor was made around 1865, probably by David Carlaw (1832-1907), a scientific instrument maker based in Glasgow. It would probably have been used in an architect's office.

Engraved by the protractor's pivot is 'DAVID CARLAW 62 ARGYLE ST. GLASGOW'.

As well as scientific instruments, David Carlaw made working models of engines and locomotives. In 1888, his model of a Denny & Co. engine was described by a reviewer as 'the most beautiful engine model ever produced'.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-766-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.176
Date: Around 1865
c. 1865
Material: Bronze. Inscription: DAVID CARLAW 62 ARGYLE St. GLASGOW.
Dimensions: 612 mm arm radius
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
David Carlaw, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: 6" protractor in bronze, with semicircular arc and 24" rule, signed by David Carlaw, Glasgow, c. 1865
  • 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 182 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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