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TITLE
Memo to Grant from Charles Playfair & Co., 1905, (back)
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_PATENT_014_002
DATE OF IMAGE
1905
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6960
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
Memo to Grant from Charles Playfair & Co., 1905, (back)

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).

Grant patented his 'Vibration Rod' in 1894. In the early 1900s he sold the patent rights to Charles Playfair & Co., fishing tackle makers in Aberdeen. This memo to Grant, dated 27 February 1905, is from Charles Playfair. It accompanied a consignment of rods which, in Playfair's words are 'not a very good job' but 'will smooth down in use'. The rods cost sixteen shillings undressed and Playfair instructs Grant to 'charge what you like'. On the back of the memo, Mr. Playfair mentions a Mr. Newlands

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Memo to Grant from Charles Playfair & Co., 1905, (back)

1900s

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 /> Grant patented his 'Vibration Rod' in 1894. In the early 1900s he sold the patent rights to Charles Playfair & Co., fishing tackle makers in Aberdeen. This memo to Grant, dated 27 February 1905, is from Charles Playfair. It accompanied a consignment of rods which, in Playfair's words are 'not a very good job' but 'will smooth down in use'. The rods cost sixteen shillings undressed and Playfair instructs Grant to 'charge what you like'. On the back of the memo, Mr. Playfair mentions a Mr. Newlands