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Rspencer91

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02-26-2016 03:40 PM

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Hello,
I am 15 years old and love antique tools. I recently discovered and old folding rule in my grandfather’s tools. I was wondering if someone could tell me the approximate age. There are no makers marks and the fittings appear to be brass. Four fold and 24 inches long. Also, what is it made out of? If read it could be bone?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Rspencer91
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2mdmgc3&s=9#.VtAvufCs-rU
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=157btah&s=9#.VtA1wPCs-rW


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bold1

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 09:41 PM

I can’t really tell from your pics, but it appears that you may have an ivory rule. There was at least one company that also made a rule that was made from a type of bakelite. On my monitor I see some lettering under the number 23 on your rule, but can’t see what it is.

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jerryminer

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 10:00 PM

I also think you have an ivory rule. If you google “ivory rule” you will find similar items on-line, mostly from the 1800’s. I’m guessing your rule is from this period, but it could be somewhat more recent

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Rspencer91

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 10:18 PM



I can t really tell from your pics, but it appears that you may have an ivory rule. There was at least one company that also made a rule that was made from a type of bakelite. On my monitor I see some lettering under the number 23 on your rule, but can t see what it is.

- bold1


I also think you have an ivory rule. If you google “ivory rule” you will find similar items on-line, mostly from the 1800 s. I m guessing your rule is from this period, but it could be somewhat more recent

- jerryminer


Thanks. That’s awesome. The lettering under 23 just says 1/2 inch and has finer markings,, 16ths of an inch.

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conifur

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#4 posted 02-26-2016 10:41 PM

In the 2nd pic it sure has the yellowing of Ivory

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#5 posted 03-03-2016 07:23 PM

Any other help?

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chrisstef

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#6 posted 03-03-2016 07:28 PM

Aston was an English maker of ivory rules. Pics are a little fuzzy to really tell but the script on the numbers look similar to this one http://www.gilai.com/product_1290/Ivory-Rule-by-Aston-36-Inch--Rare

Get your google images on bro.

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Rspencer91

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#7 posted 03-03-2016 07:41 PM



Aston was an English maker of ivory rules. Pics are a little fuzzy to really tell but the script on the numbers look similar to this one http://www.gilai.com/product_1290/Ivory-Rule-by-Aston-36-Inch--Rare

Get your google images on bro.

- chrisstef


Thanks. Yeah, looks similar. Awesome to know that 150 year old ivory can just be sitting in a tool shed.

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RS Woodworks

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#8 posted 03-04-2016 10:11 AM

Ummm, sorry but that looks like a pretty standard boxwood rule to me. Upload some better pics and I can tell you for sure.

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Rspencer91

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#9 posted 03-04-2016 11:09 AM



Ummm, sorry but that looks like a pretty standard boxwood rule to me. Upload some better pics and I can tell you for sure.

- RS Woodworks


Here’s some more pics. Had it checked out by a couple other people and they all said it was ivory.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=awf5ok&s=9#.VtloZPCs-rU
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=350w5e9&s=9#.Vtlo4vCs-rU
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=23kajps&s=9#.VtlstfCs-rV
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=20iuhap&s=9#.VtlpsfCs-rU

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#10 posted 03-12-2016 02:17 AM

To me it does look like an ivory rule. But, that being said, I have been fooled once in a dimly lit antique shop by a folding rule that appeared white as ivory. How it became so white is beyond me. Sun, Bleach, who knows.

And in this day and age of replicas it could even be plastic….a heated sewing needle could rule that out without damage tio ivory, but penetrate into plasticoid products

My understanding is that these ivory rules were typically presentation pieces on retirement or special occasions.

Please be aware that there are worldwide restrictions on ivory trade, so it becomes a little more important to get some provenance on the rule, as I believe antiquities have an exemption if it can be proven,but mention Ivory in an on-line auction or for-sale listing could get you unwanted attention.Years ago I heard of an whole container of antique tools that was siezed by US customs because of some improperly documented ivory tools in the mix.

Nice find

Eric

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Rspencer91

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#11 posted 03-12-2016 12:14 PM



To me it does look like an ivory rule. But, that being said, I have been fooled once in a dimly lit antique shop by a folding rule that appeared white as ivory. How it became so white is beyond me. Sun, Bleach, who knows.

And in this day and age of replicas it could even be plastic….a heated sewing needle could rule that out without damage tio ivory, but penetrate into plasticoid products

My understanding is that these ivory rules were typically presentation pieces on retirement or special occasions.

Please be aware that there are worldwide restrictions on ivory trade, so it becomes a little more important to get some provenance on the rule, as I believe antiquities have an exemption if it can be proven,but mention Ivory in an on-line auction or for-sale listing could get you unwanted attention.Years ago I heard of an whole container of antique tools that was siezed by US customs because of some improperly documented ivory tools in the mix.

Nice find

Eric

- realcowtown_eric


Thanks. Yeah, I’ve read some of the regulations. I don’t have any real documentation, all I know is that my grandfather got it from an older gentleman who was getting rid of his tools.
Thanks,
Ryan

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