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  1. Saturday night I went to an auction, haven’t been in a while. Had no plans to buy anything just looking to get out of the house and shop for a bit. Upon arriving and and starting to look things over I see this display box with three boxwood rulers. I have a love of these old rulers and have a problem passing them up. Further examination revealed a ruler that I had never seen before. At first glance I thought it was a wooden zig zag ruler, but picking it up, I found it to be a sliding wood ruler. The sections slide out instead of folding. The other two I have seen and had one like the middle one. I didn’t have a No 771 which is the top one. Both of them are Lufkin rulers. So so now is where the bottom is interesting, it is stamped N.Y.C Appro and below that X-4. It is also marked outside and on the others side it is marked Inside. It is also stamped “made in USA”. I have googled most everything and haven’t found this particular ruler. I found a similar one made by Interpole and with a number 106. This is one has two patent dates on it, 12/13/1910 and 7/29/1913. So so far I have searched them all and haven’t found the maker. I believe it is a Lufkin but I’m not positive. Anyway it seems to be a nice find and the first boxwood sliding ruler I’ve seen. I just love this old stuff!
  2. I had to make a run to the Nashville Flea Market this weekend to pick up some knives for my cheese boards. I have met a vendor from Texas that has been supplying me with spreading knives. He sales at the Flea Market each month in Nashville so I make the trip each month. After picking up the knives I was looking around and the crowd was huge and the number of vendors was way up. As I was walking down a row I noticed this rule on a table and went over to give it a closer inspection. After a bit of negotiations I was able to walk away with this Lufkin Lumber ruler. As we continued to walk around I had three people approach me wanting to know if I knew what it was and if I wanted to sell it. Sure glad I saw it first. i have done no cleanup up to it so this is how I found it. Excellent condition. It was easy for me to see right off it wasn't a Stanley, but a Lufkin. So I did a little research and this style was patented in 1883. Wow and in this condition. Well this one will join the indoor collection that just seems to continue to grow. It is now sitting on top of the display cabinet. Well you just never know what you are going to find when out Patriot Picking...
  3. I ran into a friend of mine the other morning and he called me over to his vehicle. When I got there he said he had something to show me. Out came this really nice Stanley No. 84 Boxwood Ruler. The Stanley No. 84 is a 2 foot four fold ruler with drafting scales. It has brass square joint and is brass bound on the edge. And folded all the way out. This No. 84 was made between 1920 and 1922. Dating is by the Sweetheart Logo. The heart goes up into the notched ruler and the letters get smaller in the middle. This trademark was adopted in 1920 after the merger of The Stanley Works and the Rule and Level. The company held a contest to design a new trademark and guidelines were published defining the features the new mark should have. The contest was open to all Stanley employees. 320 contestants submitted 521 designs and the final two were nearly identical and were submitted by W.L.Hagen and E.C. Hartman. The two were declared co-winners and we have was became know as the famous Sweetheart trademark. Stanley Works adopted the Heart with SW inside in honor of William H. Hart, the chief executive officer for more than thirty years. It was only used two year and it went through another alteration which lasted until 1935 when the trademark was changed to the notched rule with the word STANLEY inside and that is the one still in use today. I was so thankful he called me over to see this super nice rule. After drooling over it for several minutes, he said he got it for me and that is was mine. WOW! Thank You Thank You was all I could say.
  4. Our good friend and veteran Mark Wilson sent in an image of a wonderful shop aid that he received from the fine folks at Hines VA Center For the Blind gave him, it's a click rule. And it is a wonderful measuring device that is used widely in the shops of the visually impaired, the measuring uses are endless with this handy little device and the construction, fit and finish appear to be top quality. See image below If you look at it, it is a very robust and strong story stick. Seems like it would make a great addition to anyone shop whether you are visually impaired or not. Here is a quote from Mark Wilson below. "I thought maybe you and the guys might be interested in the click rule. The Hines Blind Center has given me them to help me measure. They are also handy to set router bit height and move the fence on the router table quickly in increments of 1/16" or more. Also good on table saw setting fence but always remember if you measure from outside of blade add a 1/8" for kerf. Here's a website were they sell it but you maybe able to find it else where." Mark Wilson Thank you Mark!!!! Great heads up man!
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