Yard Rule - Carpenter's, Wood & Brass, circa 1950s-1990s Object Reg. No: SH 912208

Alternative Name(s): Ruler; Three Foot Folding Rule

Carpenter's Yard Rule, circa 1950s - 1990s. It was taken from Area E3 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.
Wooden folding rule which folds out to measure three feet or 36 inches. Four hinged sections; hinges and fulcrum of brass; well-used; marked in inches and in 1/16" on one side, 1/8" on reverse.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 24.10 cm (Height), 0.80 cm (Width), 3.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Above dimensions when folded. Fully extended: 91.5 long

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Tagged with: trades, german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry, office equipment, tools
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: measuring tools
User (Possible): Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950-1959
User (Possible): 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
References: Chinn, G. & Sainsbury, J., "The Carpenter's companion: A Complete Guide to using Woodworking Hand Tools", London, 1789, p.36

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