Compasses – Schmalcalder Prismatic Compass by Ross Ltd. circa 1897-1907

German-born Charles Augustus Schmalcalder, a “mathematical and philosophical instrument maker” living in Middlesex in England, patented the first prismatic sighting compass in 1812.

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Drawings from Schmalcalder’s 1812 patent.

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MYOG Australian Writer and Poet Henry Lawson’s Bush-Made Dip Pen

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Henry Lawson’s bush-made dip pen from his couple of years living and working in Leeton, NSW. This pen is held by the National Library of Australia as a national treasure.

Knowing a bit about the man, this little artefact is quite poignant. It’s the little dip pen used by Australian writer and poet Henry Lawson during his time living in Leeton NSW in 1916 and 1917.

Despite all the acclaim, Lawson never forgot his roots. He was a bush bard and even when he was mixing it up with the gentry and wearing a topcoat and hat, his spirit was still in his old moleskins and a Crimean shirt. He never forgot the hardships of the 1890 – 1893 Depression.

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