RE: [Drawing Instruments] Elliott set and Elliott Proportional Dividers
I have an Elliott magazine of instruments with a 6 inch proportional divider signed, Elliott Holborn London”. It is a “pantographic” copy of the instruments you illustrated. I’m pretty sure my set was made 1839-1849.
I recently picked up an 1890's Elliott Bros set of drawing instruments and an 1840's 12" long Elliott proportional divider which are both pictured in my image folder here:
Thanks to David and Ron for help in dating the two.
The proportional dividers are pictured with a typical English proportional divider from the same time period and a hand made proportional divider in a wood case with removable points which when assembled is 19" long. The second picture shows the back of the two English dividers with the Elliott signature.
I did find it odd that the larger one is almost an exact scaled version of the smaller one. Without the two included in the same image you would have no sense of scale.
The 1890 Elliott set has a few minor problems, it is missing the divider point for the compass as well as the small pencil compass but it is still a nice little set.
To the earlier thread on prices for instruments on eBay I can say that some of the prime examples can go for an amazing amount occasionally but there are still plenty of bargains out there and I don't think I would resell either of the Elliotts for three times what I paid for them.