Wooden Rules

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I could say this is where it all began, I bought this rule in about 1976, I was touring the junk shops of Worthing on my bike on a Saturday and bought this for a few pence. It is a Thomas Bradburn 2′ four fold arch joint rule, it is one of the first items I ‘collected’. Inventory No.0078AG
24" Lath type rule dated 1552
24″ Lath type rule dated 1552, one of the earliest dated rules known. Inventory No.0216AG
rule showing date of 1552.
Detail of above rule showing date of 1552. Inventory No.0216AG
Early lath type rule
Early lath type rule, just over 32″ long, inches numbered from the right hand end, no maker’s name or date. Inventory No.0217AG
Detail of early lath type
Detail of early lath type rule, just over 32″ long, inches numbered from the right hand end, no maker’s name or date. Inventory No.0217AG
Early lath type rule
Detail of early lath type rule, just over 32″ long, inches numbered from the right hand end, no maker’s name or date. Inventory No.0217AG
48" Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836.
48″ Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836. It serves a variety of functions including extending to measure 96″ and has tables on one side to calculate areas of circles. Inventory No.0345AG
48" Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836.
48″ Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836. Showing opposite side. Inventory No.0345AG
48" Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836.
48″ Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836. Detail Inventory No.0345AG

 

48" Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836.
48″ Slide rule inscribed and dated RD 1836. Detail Inventory No.0345AG

 

 

 

 

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2′ four fold arch joint rule by D.Lyon, London. Inventory No.0079AG

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24″ Paper Makers Rule Designed by L.Evans. Paper makers rules are quite rare. Calculations for L.Post, Demy, Dbl. Foolscap, Royal, Dbl. Crown, Imperial, Dbl. Demy, Quad Crown, Cost, Price, lbs to kgs, lbs to tons. Inventory No.0109AG

Thomlinson's Equivalent Paper Slide Scale.
Thomlinson’s Equivalent Paper Slide Scale. Inventory No.0198RF

 

3 Fold Ironmonger’s rule. Inventory No.0080AG

36″ four fold ironmonger’s rule with tables for copper furnaces, round iron and flat iron.                                                                 Inventory No.0081AG

Coppersmith’s 36″ four fold rule by Wm.Gape, London. Tables for sauce pans, stew pans, coppers, frying pans, round, square and flat iron. Inventory No.0082AG

Early 6" 2 fold rule
Early 6″ 2 fold rule, numbered right to left. Inventory No.0223RF
Early 6" 2 fold rule
Early 6″ 2 fold rule, numbered right to left. Opposite side of above rule. NB, thick section. Not marked by a maker. Inventory No.0223RF
Early 36" square section four fold rule
Early 36″ square section four fold rule, I thought this was a dipping rod but looking at it more closely there are no marking except inches, on closer inspection I found a date faintly inscribed on the hinge of 1679, I have had this for nearly 40 years and had not noticed this! Inventory No.0288AG

 

2 fold rule
12″ 2 fold rule with slide by G.Hyrons, London, 176–1798. Inventory No.0222RF

 

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J.Buck Cattle Gauge, , for calculating the weight of cattle. J.Buck, 124 Newgate St, London. 1837-1872. Inventory No.0083AG
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J.Buck Cattle Gauge, , for calculating the weight of cattle, reverse side of above rule. J.Buck, 124 Newgate St, London. 1837-1872. Inventory No.0083AG
T.Wilkinson's Improved rule
T.Wilkinson’s Improved rule, J.Rabone & Sons No.1510. Inventory No.0224RF
Routledge Engineer's rule
Routledge Engineer’s rule by Jas. Rowe, Birmingham, 1852-1908. Inventory No.0225RF
12" Engineer's rule
12″ Engineer’s rule ‘Improved and Arranged by Rt. Hawthorne, Civil Engineer, Newcastle upon Tyne. F.B.Cox, Maker. Inventory No.0241RF
12" engineer's rule
12″ engineer’s rule marked Sir W.G.Armstrong Mitchell & Co. Elswick Works, Newcastle on Tyne. J.Rabone & Sons, Makers, Birmingham, dated 1895 0n reverse. Inventory No.0242RF
Two fold rule
Two fold rule by Gough & Bowen, London 1840-55. Inventory No.0247RF
2 Fold rule
2 Fold rule with bevelled edges and protractor joint by Thomas Bradburn & Sons, Birmingham. Inventory No.0248RF
J.Rabone & Sons No.1390 2 Fold rule
J.Rabone & Sons No.1390 2 Fold rule, unused condition. Inventory No.0249RF

 

7" Bristle rule
4 x 7″ Bristle rules. Samuel Toye & Co. Inventory No.0235RF London Bristle Co. Inventory No.0236RF B.Syder & Co.Ltd. . Inventory No.0237RF Goldfarb & Cornberg Ltd. . Inventory No.0238RF

 

11" x 7.1/2" Tailor's square
11″ x 7.1/2″ Tailor’s square marked B.Read Patent, 12 Hart Street. Approx. 1850 Inventory No.0084AG
17"Tailor's rule
17″Tailor’s rule marked: T.H.Holding’s Graduated Rule, 7 Maddox St. W. Inventory No.0250RF
14" Tapered glover's rule
14″ Tapered glover’s rule by J.Rabone & Sons. Inventory No.0252RF
3" Calliper rule.
3″ Calliper rule. Marked: W.B.White & Sons, Textile Machinists, Colne. On reverse: Looms Dobbies Springs, Forks & Temples. Inventory No.0251RF
Bentley & Taylor 2 metre 2 fold rule
Bentley & Taylor 2 metre 2 fold rule, Bentley & Taylor made rules for the Customs & Excise. Inventory No.0346AG
Bentley & Taylor 5ft 2 fold rule
Bentley & Taylor 5ft 2 fold rule, the rule is divided into 10ths of a foot rather than inches, Bentley & Taylor made rules for the Customs and Excise so this presumably served a purpose in that trade. Inventory No.0347AG