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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's drawing instruments

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's drawing instruments

The drawing instruments are initialled I.K.B., and nestle in a mahogany box, in two tiers. The instruments were probably manufactured by Elliott of London, and were possibly given to Brunel as a Christmas present. In the 'locked diary' of Saturday 29th December 1827 Isambard writes 'I am getting monstrous orderly now - and have got a rage for instruments, excellent ones in their kind at least. I have now some very pretty electrum drawing tools; have ordered a superexcellent electrum 4 inch pocket sextant of Simms. Electrum is an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel. Given by Lady Celia Noble, the Granddaughter of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in 1950, along with other drawing instruments, sketchbooks, diaries, and reports. DM162/5