Air Ministry drawing/navigational instruments, cased
Dimensions:W: 20.5cm (8.1")H: 5.5cm (2.2")D: 15.5cm (6.1")
By Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd. of London, York, Cape Town & Johannesburg. A fine set of drawing instruments of the type used by RAF draughtsmen, map-makers and to a certain extent, aircrew Navigators. Comprises one large compass with jointed leg - Air Ministry stamped and 1939 dated; one large compass with fixed legs, 1941 dated; a small compass with jointed legs, A.M marked and dated 1939; a small ink drawing compass with jointed legs, A.M. marked and 1939 dated; three small bow compasses with wheel adjustment, A.M. marked and 1939/43 dated; one white bakelite handled drawing pen and one wooden handled drawing pen (both unmarked). Also comes with various spare nibs/needles. The instruments come in an attractive mahogany case with a 'shot' silk lined lid. The main instruments are housed in a fitted 'lift-out' velvet lined tray. The case has brass fittings and lock but the key is absent. Any good locksmith should be able to make a suitable replacement. Inset brass cartouche in the lid is engraved with 'A.M.' King's Crown and 1938 date. Very good used condition. As with the last set we had, most of the instruments are made by Thornton and although the majority are a perfect fit, not every instrument is, possibly suggesting some replacement parts. The box is also in good overall condition. A super set and very pleasing to look at and handle. Perfectly useable too. Stock code M23060.