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TITLE
'Grant's Vibration Rod' - Letter (no date), page 2
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_PATENT_008_002
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6946
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
'Grant's Vibration Rod' - Letter (no date), page 2

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).

This letter, possibly a draft, was written by Grant and relates to the supply of his 'Vibration Rods'. Although undated, it was written after he patented the design in 1894. The intended recipient is unknown, but Grant refers to a Mr. Corballis (Inverness magistrate and angling author) who has asked Grant to send a rod to the recipient. Due to the increased demand for his product, Grant is unable to fulfil Mr. Corballis's request; he works 'unaided' as he is 'reluctant to divulge the secret' of the rods' construction

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'Grant's Vibration Rod' - Letter (no date), page 2

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant (hand written material)

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).<br /> <br /> This letter, possibly a draft, was written by Grant and relates to the supply of his 'Vibration Rods'. Although undated, it was written after he patented the design in 1894. The intended recipient is unknown, but Grant refers to a Mr. Corballis (Inverness magistrate and angling author) who has asked Grant to send a rod to the recipient. Due to the increased demand for his product, Grant is unable to fulfil Mr. Corballis's request; he works 'unaided' as he is 'reluctant to divulge the secret' of the rods' construction