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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!
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