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587 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: stanley 32-12 pocket rule folding rule patternmakers rule rule question

Recently I saw a post about folding wood rules. Someone showed a pic of a pocket-size Stanley folding rule. I remembered I had one and finally found it. I did a bit of research on the Interweb and it seems these were made from the 1800s to the mid 1900s. Looking at mine with a magnifier, I see the “usual” markings but I dont see anything that looks like a date code. Anyone know how to date these things?

Here’s mine

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#1 posted 587 days ago

not sure if this helps
http://www.rulerman.com/about-rulers

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#2 posted 586 days ago

Would love to know this myself, I’ve been carrying one of these in my pocket for a while now. Unbelievable how often I find it handy to have on me!

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#3 posted 586 days ago

I found a link to a guy that has a bunch of info on old Stanley planes. On a chance I emailed him and he asked me to take a good clear pic of the logo on the rule. He sent back that mine was made in the 1930s.

Here’s one of the pic’s I sent him

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#4 posted 183 days ago

Looks like the No. 32 1/2 is brass-bound along the edges vs. the No. 32:

Mine’s a bit easier to date because of the SW logo on it. I also agree with Matt, I’ve had this thing in my pocket for a couple days (just got it) and love it. It’s really a beautifully-made tool. Noticed today it has graduations in 8ths, 10ths, 12ths, 16ths and 32nds. Amazing amount of info on this little one-footer.

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#5 posted 183 days ago

joe, I’d disagree with your guy (well my John Walter’s book does anyhow)
They used the SW logo from 1920 to1935. yours looks more like 1903 – 1920.

I can’t attest to which is correct, just telling what I read.

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#6 posted 183 days ago

Hmmm, very interesting. Thanks guys!

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#7 posted 35 days ago

I found one in PA, I love it. Someone said I have a strange infatuation with it.
It’s got the 32 1/2 marking, but no company name at all.
The only other marks on this rule are the number “84” etched in the brass caliper and also notched in the slot the caliper rides in.

Any idea how old this one is. I’m thinking it’s a Stanley due to the 32 1/2, but no name is on it.

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#8 posted 34 days ago

rubywood, looking at the pic’s above, you can see how (and where) it is marked with the logo. If yours ONLY has the number and nothing else, I’d guess it might possibly be a “knock-off” .... that said, I wonder

Did anybody make “knock-off” stuff that far back?

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