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Nairne and Blunt

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Theodolite made between 1774 and 1793, on display at the Museo Galileo (Florence)
Detail of theodolite
Detail of theodolite
A 'Pistola Elettrica di Volta' (Volta's electric pistol), invented by Alessandro Volta, and made by Nairne & Blunt between 1778 and 1793, displayed at the Museo Galileo (Florence)

Scientific instrument makers of London

Established in 1774 when Edward Nairne went into partnership with one of his former aprrentices, Thomas Blunt, a relationship that lasted until 1793 when Blunt opened his own shop at 22 Cornhill.

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