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TITLE
Letter to Grant from Messrs Johnsons, Patent Agents, 6 May 1898
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_PATENT_015_002
DATE OF IMAGE
1898
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6963
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
patents
Letter to Grant from Messrs Johnsons, Patent Agents, 6 May 1898

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' on 29 May 1894 - No. 10385. This letter to Grant, dated 6 May 1898, is from Messrs Johnsons, 115 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow (Offices for Patents and the Registration of Designs and Trade Marks). The letter confirms renewal of the patent for a further year

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Letter to Grant from Messrs Johnsons, Patent Agents, 6 May 1898

1890s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; patents

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' on 29 May 1894 - No. 10385. This letter to Grant, dated 6 May 1898, is from Messrs Johnsons, 115 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow (Offices for Patents and the Registration of Designs and Trade Marks). The letter confirms renewal of the patent for a further year