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October 15, 2008

Springfield Industrial Drawing Kit No. 1

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 5:03 pm

A friend of mine picked this up for cheap.  It is an interesting kit that was made for manual arts training and was made by Milton-Bradley Co. Springfield, Mass.  The hole in the T-square allows the Kit to be hung on a peg or nail.

Drawing Kit front

Here is what it looks like from the back side.

Drawing Kit back

When the T-square is pulled out it releases the 45 and 60 degree triangles.

Drawing Kit in use

And here is the maker mark and information on one of the retainers on the underside.

Drawing Kit makers mark

It is an interesting patent date, Dec. 3, 1889.  The board and triangles are made of plywood but it looks like it has cut iron nails, which were replaced by iron wire nails 10 years earlier.

I am going to make myself one of these, but I will not be using plywood.



  1. hello I was very intrested when I come across this pic of this drawing board. My mother and father bought a house in the 70 in Kewanee Illinois. and in the atic they had found a board just like that same dates and everything but marked as number 3. was wondering what the value of this board is we have been trying to find info on it for sometime now. this board we have still has the name tag of the student I guess on it by the name of Margret Davis it is in great shape and has been stored in plastic every since they found it and has been stored that way every since. the nails or wire that held the t on the t-square has came lose but is still all there and looks to be in as good a shape if not better as far as wood quilty goes then the one you have in the photo. Could you give me any info on this or let me know who I need to contact for value purposes.

    thank you very much for your time

    Mr. Franklin N Cleaver jr.

    Comment by Franklin N Cleaver jr — November 5, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  2. Mr. Cleaver,

    Sounds like you got a good one. This one belongs to a friend and I have no idea of the value. If I find something out I will let you know and thanks for your comment.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 6, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

  3. hi i was going trhough some of my dad things after he passed away and found this drawing board.. almost identical to the one pictured. with th NO 1 on it… it also has the students name still on it… was wondering if there is a rough estimate of the value… it is in very good condition.. also the patent date? would that be the date it was made? it says Dec. 3 1889

    Comment by karen strawn — July 21, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  4. Karen,

    Welcome, the date is the patent date and they were all made after that time period. I do not know the value of this item, you might find similar ones on on line auctions.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 21, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

  5. Thanks for this site. Ive had one of these hanging on my wall for 15 yrs after buying it at a church sale, I paid 6 dollars and thought it a bargain. Mine was missing the 45 and the 90, and I didnt know they were even missing. So now I know, thanks again..


    Comment by Steve b — December 19, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  6. Steve,

    Thank you and welcome. The triangles are made of three layer plywood and should be easy to make proper replacements.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 19, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

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