Brass Protractor in Original Wooden Box Cocking & Co., Yokohama
[Japan] A very scarce brass protractor that was imported and sold by Cocking & Co. of Yokohama. Samuel Cocking (1845-1914) was born in Ireland but grew up in Australia before going to Japan in 1869. His company bought and sold a wide variety of products including Japanese art and curios. He also imported scientific equipment (such as this protractor), photographic chemicals, and more. The famous Cocking Garden on Enoshima is named after him as the land was originally owned by him. The protractor itself is engraved 'Cocking & Co. Yokohama' and the original wooden box has the Cocking & Co. trademark logo imprinted in gold on the velvet lining. We believe this to be the first such Cocking protractor to be found.
Protactor longest dimension is 27.5cm (box is 28 x 20cm). c1890.
In very good condition. The box has a crack across the top but it still solid. The protractor is fine. There may have been a small part (not present) that sat on the small wooden holder in the box at top right. e35111497