Sunday, 14 October 2018

Rabone Chesterman Tape Measure

We've been trying to date this and reckon somewhere between 1930 and 1960. It's a beautifully made measure which has certainly stood the test of time, being used by my dad and previously his uncle, we think. Or maybe his mum (who, believe it not, was a carpenter for a time!).

The device is encapsulated in high quality leather and has proper old fashioned brass fittings, which work as well now as they did when new. The stitching is sound and has never been touched up or needed repairing. The tape is 25 feet long (no mention of metres here!) and the roll-up/rewind mechanism with entrance rollers works perfectly.

Back in the days when stuff was made properly, this carpenters' tool is a delight to still have in the family as a slice of yesteryear - and remains functional. Indeed - it's a measure of Whatever Works!

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