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Antique shagreen covered drafting set by John Bleuler of London, who was active 1790, and died 1829. He was an optican, mathematical & philosophical instrument maker who apprenticed to Henry Shuttleworth.
The interior lid (opposite the label) is marked "G. Stevens 1849" in pencil, he may have been a later owner of this set.
Hinged lid with push clasp opens to expose the tops of drafting tools, as shown.
Set does appear to be incomplete, as there are two open slots, though this presents beautifully.
Very small scale shagreen in a glossy, nearly black inish, with darkest green visible throughout.
Brass angles tools as shown, rulers appear to be treen, white "sticks" appear to be non- elephant ivory or bone, based on the grain.
A wonderful gift for an architect, designer or engineer.
This has held up remarkably well and would be a stunning addition to any shagreen collection.

6- 11/16" x 2- 5/8" x 1- 1/8" (as measured at deepest/ highest points)
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antique shagreen box 1800s drafting etui set kit English Bleuler London

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: shagreen, wood, metal, treen, ivory, bone, brass
  • Ships worldwide from Maryland, United States
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