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Forum topic by joein10asee posted 464 days ago 1136 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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464 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 464 days ago

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

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#2 posted 464 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 464 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 61 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 61 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 61 days ago

Hmmm, very interesting. Thanks guys!

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