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Verner Cavalry Sketch Board, by Elliott Brothers, London, c.1887

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Inventory Number: 14701
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Accession Number: 2015-3/21
Brief Description: An ingeniously designed small drawing board with compass, surveying protractor/clinometer, and scales, designed to be strapped to the wrist or forearm and used one-handed on horseback or in the field by military surveyors.
Captain (later Colonel, later still Sir) Willoughby Verner (1852-1922) was Professor of Military Topography at Sandhurst. He is best known for his pattern of prismatic compass which was used extensively by the British Army in both World Wars; he also invented a balloon specifically for aerial photography (the Museum has some of the pioneering photographs taken with it). His version of the cavalry sketch board was patented in 1887.
Primary Inscriptions: Stamped on upper scale bar "CAPT- VERNER'S PATENT No- 287" Maker's name stamped on underside of bottom scale bar "ELLIOTT BROS- | LONDON"
Provenance: Presented by H. R. Bristow in 2015. Purchased by the donor from a surveyors' shop in Cairo about 1988, so probably used by a British serviceman in North Africa.
Collection Group: Bristow Collection
Material(s): Wood

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