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Measuring Tools: Rules, Levels, and Gauges

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Antique Star Tool Company 12" Blade Adjustable Carpenter's Bevel Square

Tool Type: adjustable bevel square
Brand: star tool company
Materials: rosewood, brass, steel
Marks: faint star
Condition: wear, patina, lock works
Measurements: 12" blade, 7 3/4" handle

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5

Price: $50.00


Antique Stanley Rule & Level Company No. 68 Fourfold Carpenter's Boxwood Rule

Tool Type: folding carpenter's ruler
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: boxwood, brass
Marks: STANLEY No 68
Condition: owner's mark, scratches, missing locking pins
Measurements: Unfolds to 2 feet long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $15.00


Type 2 Stanley Rule & Level Company No. 36 Boxwood & Brass Calipered Rule

Tool Type: Folding carpenter's caliper rule
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: Boxwood, brass
Marks: STANLEY RULE & LEVEL CO No 36
Condition: Dark old patina, locking pin is present
Measurements: Unfolds to 6" long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $32.00


Early Antique Sussfeld & Lorsch Co. Dennison U.S. Standard Mainspring Gauge

Tool Type: Horologist and watch maker's mainspring gauge tool
Brand: Sussfeld Lorsch & Company
Materials: Brass, steel
Marks: SUSFELD LORSCH & CO NEW YORK DENNISON U.S. STANDARD
Condition: Some patina and tarnish, still quite legible
Measurements: 5 15/16" long, 15/16" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2

Price: $25.00


Antique Early John Rabone Boxwood & Brass 18" Spirit Level & Rule

Tool Type: Level / Plumb / Rule
Brand: John C. Rabone
Materials: Boxwood, brass, glass
Marks: JOHN RABONE; WARRANTED CORRECT; graduations to 60 in whole, half and 1/4 inches.
Condition: Dark old patina, lots of wear, both the glass levels are intact. Comes with a wooden case (not sure if it's original, sticks out a little ways)
Measurements: 18" long, 1 7/8" tall, 9/16" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Price: $60.00


Antique George Partridge & Son of Darlaston Wire Gauge & Caliper

Tool Type: "partridge" combination wire gauge and caliper, very early model
Brand: George Partridge & Sons (of Darlaston, England, operated circa 1816 to 1950)
Materials: cast steel
Marks: PARTRIDGE MAKER DARLASTON
Condition: Dark old patina, some light pitting
Measurements: 8 1/4" long when closed, 4" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Price: $85.00


Antique Stephens Riverton Connecticut No. 27 Gunther's Scales Carpenter's Rule

Tool Type: Gunther's scales ruler
Brand: Stephens & Company
Materials: Boxwood, brass
Marks: STEPHENS & CO. RIVERTON CT. WARRANTED U.S. STANDARD No 27 J.D. HOOPER
Condition: Owner's mark, lots of small dings and cracks, old patina, locking pin is intact
Measurements: 2-fold, two feet long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $75.00


Antique Fourfold Ivory Carpenter's Rule

Tool Type: Twofold sector ruler
Materials: ivory, silver
Condition: old patina, wear on markings, chip around locking pin
Measurements: Opens to 1 foot, 5/8" wide legs

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $75.00


Antique Folding Ivory Sector Rule

Tool Type: Twofold sector ruler
Materials: ivory, silver
Condition: old patina, wear on markings, chip around locking pin
Measurements: Opens to 1 foot, 5/8" wide legs

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $150.00


Antique Stephens & Company no. 90 1/2 Fourfold Ivory Carpenter's Rule

Tool Type: Fourfold ruler
Brand: Lorenzo Case Stephens (circa 1828-1900, Riverton, Connecticut)
Materials: ivory, silver
Marks: STEPHENS & CO NO 90 1/2
Condition: old patina, wear on markings, missing locking pins
Measurements: 6 1/4" long, 3/4" open, 9/16" closed

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $185.00


Antique Stanley No. 18 Wingnut Locking 8" T-Bevel

Tool Type: Wingnut locking adjustable T bevel
Brand: The L.S. Starrett Company
Materials: malleable cast iron, steel, nickel plate finish
Marks: STANLEY; PAT'D 7-14-08
Condition: Nickel finish is in good shape, blade has some age patina and really light pitting
Measurements: 8" blade, 6" handle including wingnut

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $25.00


Antique 1849-1873 Boxwood Job & George Henry Walker Ship Builder's Bevel Rule

Tool Type: Shipbuilder's bevel
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: boxwood, brass
Marks: J. & G.H. WALKER MAKERS, NEW YORK (mark belongs to Job & George Henry Walker, worked circa 1849-1873)
Condition: Old patina, tarnish, scratches, signs of aging and wear
Measurements: 12" long, blades are 7" and 3" long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $115.00


Antique Darling, Brown & Sharpe Machinist's Triangular Rule

Tool Type: Triangle rule
Brand: Darling, Brown & Sharpe
Marks: D.B.&S. PROV RI
Condition: Surface tarnish, patina
Measurements: 4" long, 5/16" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $50.00


Vintage Stanley No. 136 1/2 Sliding Boxwood Carpenters Sliding Caliper Rule

Tool Type: Carpenter's caliper rule
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: Boxwood, brass
Marks: STANLEY MADE IN U.S.A. NO. 136 1/2
Condition: Slides smoothly, a spot of wear on the boxwood and brass, boxwood is in great shape.
Measurements: 6" long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $16.00


Stanley No. 136R Sliding Boxwood & Brass Carpenters Sliding Caliper Rule

Tool Type: Carpenter's caliper rule
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: Boxwood, brass
Marks: STANLEY MADE IN U.S.A. NO. 136R
Condition: Slides smoothly, a little wear on the edges of the brass, boxwood is in great shape.
Measurements: 4" long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $18.00


Rare Four-Fold, One foot Edward A. Stearns No. 52 Folding Ivory Rule

Tool Type: Four fold, one foot carpenter's rule
Brand: E.A. Stearns (operated out of Brattleboro Vermont and Springfield Massachusetts, 1838 to 1863) or possibly Chapin (both made a No. 52 of these specifications)
Materials: Ivory, brass
Marks: No 52; graduations in inches
Condition: Some wear on the brass fittings, all the pins are intact, arms are nice and straight, folds firmly and smoothly.
Measurements: 1' long, 1/4" wide, 3/16" thick

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5

Price: $325.00


Antique Early Sargent "Eureka" style Wingnut Locking T Bevel Square

Tool Type: Sliding T Bevel
Brand: Sargent
Materials: cast iron, steel
Marks: none
Condition: Locking mechanism works, dark patina and tarnish, has three file marks along one edge (not sure if they're owner's or maker's), blade has some slight bends
Measurements: 7" handle, 9 7/8" long blade

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $85.00


Antique Henry Disston & Sons Steel Try Square

Tool Type: Try square
Brand: Henry Disston & Sons
Materials: drop forged steel, cast iron
Marks: DISSTON; HENRY DISSTON & SONS
Condition: old dark patina
Measurements: 7 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Additional Photos: 1 2

Price: $20.00


Antique Star Tool Company Adjustable T Bevel

Tool Type: Adjustable T Bevel
Brand: Star Tool Company
Materials: drop forged steel, brass, rosewood
Marks: E.H. GILES (owner's mark); PAT. NOV 5 1887; TOOL CO (in a star); A WARDWELL (on blade, owner's mark)
Condition: old dark patina, screw lock still works
Measurements: 10" blade, 6 3/4" handle

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5

Price: $65.00


Antique Lorenzo Case Stephens Silver & Ivory Four Fold Two Foot Rule

Tool Type:  Carpenter or architect's 4 fold rule
Brand: Lorenzo Case Stephens (worked 1828 to 1901 in Connecticut)
Materials: Ivory, German silver
Marks: No 83 STEPHENS & CO. RIVERTON CT.
Condition: A bit of wear on the maker's mark, some darkening on the outside, missing two locking pins, one leg isn't quite straight. Inside is very crisp, graduations are all still legible.
Measurements: 2' long when unfolded, 1/2" wide, 1/8" thick

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Price: $650.00


Antique Early Circa 18th Century Hardwood Bevel

Tool Type: Bevel
Brand: unknown
Materials: some kind of dark hardwood
Marks: J.T (looks like 1700's font) Condition: Dark patina, pin is rusty
Measurements: 11 1/2" long closed, 10 1/4" blade

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $35.00


RARE Antique Hogarty's Patent Acme Rule Co. Ivory & Silver Caliper Rule

Tool Type: 2-fold Caliper Ruler
Brand: Acme (made under Michael Hogarty's December 22, 1891 patent on the style of ivory inlay)
Materials: German silver, ivory, boxwood
Marks: ACME RULE CO. PAT APPLIED FOR
Condition: This example is quite worn with cracks in the ivory and boxwood and the graduations are fairly faint. The locking pin is present and the caliper slides smoothly and the ruler holds itself open. A bargain for this fixer-upper, this model of rule demands $800-1600 in showroom condition!
Measurements: 6" unfolded (not counting the caliper)

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $185.00

 

Levels


Antique 1878-1928 E.T. Burrowes of Portland, Maine 12" Wooden Level

Tool Type: wooden level
Brand: E.T. Burrowes
Materials: wood, steel, glass
Marks: E.T. BURROWES CO. PORTLAND, ME
Condition: Wear on the plaque, glass is intact
Measurements: 12" long, 2" tall, 1" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $16.00


Antique L.S. Starrett 24" Filligreed No. 132 Bench Level w/ General Electric Stamp

Tool Type: Cast iron benchlevel
Brand: L.S. Starrett
Materials: Mahogany, steel, glass
Marks: GEN. ELEC. CO. TOOL DEPT. 2ND B; THE L.S.S. CO. ATHOL, MASS. U.S.A.
Condition: Bubble vial intact, finish is in good shape.
Measurements: 24" long, 2" tall, 7/8" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Price: $265.00


Antique Dreier Brothers True Pitch Level for Pipe Plumbing

Tool Type: True pitch plumbing level
Brand: Dreier Brothers (worked out of Chicago, Illinois)
Materials: Mahogany, steel, glass Marks: FLOW; True Pitch Level ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE PIPE TRADES DREIER BROTHERS Chicago 37; Gaurantee IF THIS MAHOGANY EVER BENDS, WARPS, TWISTS, SPLITS OR DISTORTS, WE WILL REPLACE IT FREE DREIER BROTHERS; Instruction stickers are still attached
Condition: Has some scuffs, scrapes and dings, some wear on the adjustment knobs. Adjustment knobs still thread and move, glass bubble vial is intact.
Measurements: 20 1/2" long, 3 1/4" tall, 1 1/4" wide

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Price: $50.00


Antique Davis Level & Tool No. 2 Machinist's Iron Level

This antique Davis Level & Tool Co. level is 12" long, 2 1/4" tall, and 7/8" wide. Appears to be a No. 2 Machinist's Iron Level based on the company catalog page shown below. The bubble IS intact on this piece.
This item is an early clinometer level often used in ship building in order to build a boat/ship level when it is on a building ways. The level is set to the degrees of the ship building ways (boat ramp). 6294

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Price: $265.00


Gauges


Stanley No. 95 Butt Marking Gauge: 2 1/2 " Model

This Stanley Rule & Level Co. No. 95 door marking butt gauge is the 2 1/2 " long model. Graduated, most of the nickel plating is intact.

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $10.00


Antique Stanley No. 95 Butt Gauge, 3"

Tool Type: Door marking butt gauge (gage)
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: Steel, nickel finish
Marks: STANLEY; US PAT No 95 - 2-28-11
Condition: Good- to fair, finish is pretty worn but still slides and locks.
Measurements: 3" long

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $10.00


E.C. Stearns & Co. Steel Butt Marking Gauge, No. 85

This is a steel E.C. Stearns & Co. Butt Gauge. Both rods and spurs are intact, and the 1/16th inch increment markings are very legible. The tool is marked "E.C. STEARNS&CO." and "85". It weighs 10.3 ounces and is 3 inches long. The brass knob may have been a replacement, not sure, but it works fine.

Additional Photos: 1 2

Price: $14.00


Antique Stanley No. 92 Butt and Rabbet Gauge

Tool Type: Rabbet and butt gage (gauge)
Brand: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Materials: brass, rosewood Marks: none
Condition: tip is broken off the scratcher, missing the brass bar between the rosewood and brass, the screw adjustment mechanism still works, brass bands on the rosewood are coming loose
Measurements: 7 1/4" long when screwed in

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $45.00


Antique Stanley Sweet Hart No. 71 Double Beam Gauge

This carpenter's double beam marking gauge bears the Stanley Rule & Level Co.'s "Sweetheart" mark. Also marked "MADE IN U.S.A." and "No 71." 6 inches of graduation, 8 1/2" long beams. Brass and beech construction.

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4 5

Price: $36.00


Brass & Hardwood Screw Adjusted Marking Gauge

This antique brass and hardwood screw-adjusted marking gage has no distinct maker's mark but bears the faint lettering, "A BURN" (perhaps A. Burn or Auburn?) 7" long overall, 3 3/8" at widest.

Additional Photos: 1 2 3 4

Price: $40.00


12" Beechwood Carpenter's Scratch Gauge

This antique beech wood scratch gauge is marked "J.G.," probably an owner's mark. 12" long overall.

Additional Photos: 1 2 3

Price: $12.00