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A stylograph or manifold writer

Leather, paper and brass

Height: 265 mm
Width: 240mm

Museum number: X268

Curatorial note

Letter Copy-book, leather covered case with brass clasp with lock. Patent referred to on rear marbled lining 'Nocto-Polygraph Stylographic Manifold Writer, Pat. 1815'. 'Manufactured by Ralph Wedgewood Junr. Wholesale & Retail, Rathbone Place, London'. The bill for its purchase is enclosed dated 31 August 1833 for £3.3s.0d.

The case is unused with the original interleaved blotting paper separating each sheet of carbonated paper. A writing frame is provided at the rear and a compartment at the front contains both Whatman paper and six folders with thin Manifold paper for making copies.

The RIBA Library Archives has a similar 'Patent Manifold Writer' supplied by Ralph Wedgewood of Oxford Street and Rathbone Place. Another example in the Sir Charles Barry Archive has been used by his office and contains consecutive letters from the period 1826-1853; all on the manifold paper issued in the six folders with the case.

Exhibition history

Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 23 October 2015 - 2 April 2016

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk