04 December 2009

Object #7 Stanley Folding Ruler

“What is God? He is length, width, height & depth.”
-"Book of Consideration", St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

A folding rule (officially a No. 40 carpenter's caliper 6 inch two fold rule) made of "German" silver and ivory.
Manufactured by The Stanley Rule and Level Company between 1888 and 1922.
Nickel silver is a metal alloy of copper, nickel and zinc.  Developed in China where it is called paktong, was introduced into Europe in the 19th cenutry and the first examples came from Germany giving rise to the Western name.