19th century quality two-tier set of technical drawing instruments in a solid mahogany case. Complete top tier of nickel-silver instruments with pens engraved with "Elliott" on handles. The lower tier contains an ivory scale rule / protractor and an ivory parallel rule (both engraved "Elliott Bros London"). Blue silk lining inside lid with Elliott Bros emblem. Internal tiers lined in blue velvet. The set is housed in a campaign-style mahogany case with brass corners and (blank) brass cartouche to its lid. The case measures approximately 20 cm x 16 cm x 5 cm.


In 1800 William Elliott founded a business in Tash Street, Gray's Inn as a maker of drawing instruments (after serving an apprenticeship, see /8). By 1807 he had moved to a shop and workshop in High Holborn, and by 1816 he was manufacturing such items as telescopes and barometers. In 1830 he moved to 56, Strand and took his sons into partnership. The company began to manufacture instruments for surveying, for railways (e.g. steam pressure indicators) and scientific instruments of all kinds. William Elliott died in 1853 and his sons Charles and Frederick William continue the business as Elliott Bros. In the second half of the 19th century the company began manufacturing electrical instruments, and in 1893 they amalgamated with Theiler & Co, telegraph and instrument makers – and with a move to new premises in 1900, they began making speedometers and instruments for ships and aircraft. In 1947 the company merged with the weighing machine manufacturers B and P Swift. A research laboratory as set up at Boreham Wood and the company began the earlier manufacture of computers and flight automation equipment (made at Rochester). Various takeovers followed with operations being moved to alternative sites. Earlier equipment made by Elliott is displayed in the Science Museum, London.To see more information on the history of drawing instruments visit our Maker's History pages.

Mahogany and Brass 2 Tier Boxed Set of Drawing Instruments by Elliott Bros c1870

SKU: MS123
  • The case is in very good condition with very minor surface marks from use. Internal linings in excellent condition. Complete set of instruments which are in excellent condition. Scale rule and parallel rule both in excellent condition. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.


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