Ruler - Rabone Chesterman, Folding, circa 1890s-1950s Object Reg. No: SH 912304

Alternative Name(s): Ruler; Rule

Folding ruler made by Rabone Chesterman circa 1890s-1950s. It was found in Area B1 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.
Three-foot folding boxwood ruler with brass fittings. The ruler combines both metric and imperial measures and has been broken at the 24 inch (62 centimetre) mark.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 26.00 cm (Height), 0.80 cm (Width), 3.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: trades, german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry, office equipment, tools, 1913
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: measuring tools
Inscriptions: Printed one side: RABONE CHESTERMAN NO.1162 MADE IN ENGLAND PATENT NO./1173229.
Manufacturer: Rabone Chesterman, England, Great Britain, circa 1890s-1950s
User (Possible): Mr Adolph Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1893 - 1919
User (Possible): Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1919 - 1959
User : Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1959-1970
User: Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970 - 1990


Alan Baker Posted on 05 Apr 2014 11:43 PM
As a retired ex TAFENSW teacher of Engineering Trades in Sydney, it really irks me to see the current trend of using the name "Ruler" as the primary name for RULE !! The old guys, yes, the ones who taught my generation and earlier, would roll in their graves at this misappropriation of terms. It appears as time goes by that we loosen terminology but we should not. If you look at companies who manufacture precision measuring equipment, companies like Rabone Chesterman, Moore and Wright, LS Starrett, Mitutoyo and a myriad of others, then you will find they manufacture RULES and NOT RULERS !! It is like confusing other words like to, too and two. They all sound the same but mean entirely different things. It is sad that the correct definition has been watered down over time. Let me assure you that in my early years that I have had my backside kicked by people who not only expected but demanded that correct terminology be used for the instruments we used to make sure that when it was done, it was done correctly the FIRST time. PLEASE do not continue to perpetrate this actually incorrect definition. Sad that even the dictionary definition has succumbed these day as well...but technically speaking it is WRONG !!!.
Regards, Alan Baker

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