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01/08/2011 7:23 AM

Culvertons recently purchased a small collection of ivory rules from a memeber of the antiques trade, one of which was inscribed and decorated by the maker and we felt it was worthy of further research before offering it to one of our clients.blancpain replica

The origins of drawing and mathetmatical instruments can be traced back to antiquity, prior to the introduction of paper in the fourteenth century drawings of proposed or existing buildings, machines or charts were created using a scoring instrument in conjunction with tablets of clay, marble or stone panels and then as time elapsed parchement and vellum.

The need for more accurate drawing coincided with the introduction during the sixteenth century of the use of exact measurements by pioneer scientists involved in astronomy, navigation, military engineering and land surveying resulting in the emergence of techinical drawing as we understand it.

During the 17th Century the establishment of the Royal society promoted the echange of ideas between scientists in England who were now free from the bonds of court patronage which were still in existence in Europe and were able to work within the ever increasing number of workshops in London.

At the beginning of the eighteenth century workshops already established in the centre of the city were joined by new ones in Westminster, The Strand, Charing Cross and Fleet Street where Thomas Wright  worked producing his reknowed orreries, mathematical and drawing instruments such as the ivory english sector you can see pictured above.

The supremecy of London as a centre of instrument making was established by the 1750 s and by the end of that century the high reputation of the citys makers created  increased demand from both Europe and the American colonies.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Replica